Lean in Toward September
As we lean in toward September, we are reminded that water is a very powerful element and its balance can be a gift and its unchartered abundance can be a life-threatening tragedy. Our lack of water is a blessing and recently, we had two cloudy and misty rainy days that sweetened the air, refreshed the fields and momentarily decreased the dust.
Temperatures are still climbing into the 80’s, and the soil is quite warm making for huge daily harvests of summer squash, cucumbers, beans, and soon-to-be potatoes.
Irrigation is still the name of the game as we are going into week 11 without any significant amounts of rainfall. Our pump is conscientiously chugging away all day pumping water down to thirsty fields, and the wheel lines are rolling across the plantings at regular intervals.
Good news in our last field walk is I realized how many varieties of Acorn and Delicata winter squash are coming through quite nicely after all. As we cross that threshold of returning back to school, the weather will be holding comfortably in summer mode as sunny and dry is projected for the next two weeks.
All of this is a gift and hard to write knowing that many people and animals are struggling desperately in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Please find it in your heart to help out in the re-building and restoring of life to those who have been displaced from shelter and food.
Houston Food Bank www.houstonfoodbank.org
Food Bank of Corpus Christi www.foodbankcc.com
Houston Humane Society www.houstonhumane.org
Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals www.houstonspca.org