It is a big challenge to live far from family and friends. Probably bigger than we imagined.
When we finally went home to Scandinavia for the holidays, we wanted to both see friends and family, but we also wanted to do some sorely needed maintenance on the cottage and the garden. Time goes way too fast and the days we had at our disposal was too scarce. I guess the frustration we felt over this will fade, but it’s not a nice experience.
Scandinavia was rainy, windy and pretty cold. Even for Scandinavia.
But since we still have lovely weather for months here in Houston, we experienced for the first time that the weather really isn’t that important as long as we could stay outside without getting soaking wet the first five minutes.
It was a great transition to get back to the garden here in Texas. The melons and the hot peppers were the only things we immediately were able to eat in the garden since the July heat kills most of the annual vegetables.
And finally, the garden here is back on track after more than a month absence. And now the fall crop will be planted and sown. Tomatoes, some herbs, kale, cucumbers, peppers, peas and beans I guess.
I’ve chopped back most of those plants and shrubs that had grown far beyond its own limitations (and my imaginations) and fertilized a little since the combination of the violent rainfalls and clay soil can quickly wash out essential nutrients.