I’ve experienced the biggest surge of energy since we wrapped up harvest. Judd still is working through the weekends, but the hours are more reasonable. Harvest exemplifies two things: 1) I become more confident as a mother because I am doing it all by myself. I don’t have help. I don’t have that partner to tag into the ring at 6 PM every night. I rally. And although exhausting, I become acutely aware just how strong I am. 2) Regardless of this new solo mama muscle I gain, I never appreciate my husband more than after harvest. It is the best reminder that parenting is a partnership. It’s a reminder that where I fall short, he makes up. This family is built on a two-pillar foundation, and without him, we teeter.
My garden is exploding. We have a short grow season on the plateau (the month of May still has below freezing nights), but we still make the most of it. I scaled back on size and expectation this year. Initially, I felt guilty about this– but then I allowed myself to recognize the priority-shift in recently months, and I was able to be gentler with myself about my grow operation.
Regardless, we have a bounty. Each year growing becomes more special because of the little hands digging next to me in dirt. I rattle off horticultural jargon, distinguish weed from vegetable, and curse as I pull an entire bed of root vegetables because of root maggots. They listen. I know they do. The other day, Isla walked through the garden identifying every vegetable we planted. She asked about those “damn maggots” and even told me that the orange flowers would be turning into squash soon.
We’ve been small batch preserving sporadically throughout the summer, but our big canning session arrives in early fall. I’m even more excited for canning season because of the new labels I had made.
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I’m filling baskets of our brew, preserves, and eggs and sending them out to neighbors. This kind of gift giving makes me happy.
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(This post was sponsored by Kidecals, but all words and images are my own.)