The weeds, of course, got ahead of me. The weeds defeated me, and by biting off more than I could chew, I took all the joy out of what had been, for the past three years, a pleasure.
Next year I'm downsizing.
Never mind the weeds, I'm also having my usual problems with tomato blight and squash bugs.
You can see the blighted plants in this picture. The melon vines on the right are looking good so far, but they take up so much room! More room means more places for crabgrass to grow.
On the left of the tomatoes, I had Cliff plant sweet potatoes the day I got home from the hospital. I checked to see how much space they should need and instructed Cliff. I don't know if you can tell it, but they are now growing up the tomato cages, and I can't pick tomatoes without stomping sweet potato vines.
This is the damage done to my earliest tomatoes by a hailstorm a few weeks ago.
If you think the weeds and grass in the above garden pictures are bad, it's worse in the other plot. Yes, I am ashamed and discouraged. I was so stupid to take on that much.
Next year will be different, that I will promise. I want it to be fun again. I may not even plan on canning or freezing anything, but hopefully I will enjoy my garden and not feel guilt and shame every time I look at it.
On the plus side, we're having BLT's today.