The cucumbers did splendidly. Until Hurricanes Irma and Jose kicked up some stiff winds here in this part of the world. I was growing them upright on some wire supports, and the winds knocked those over, somewhat uprooting the cucumber plants. They never recovered from that, so they are finished with their growing season. I got some very lovely cucumbers from them, though.
The tomato plants are still growing, and there are now a few small tomatoes on the plants. No sign of leaf footed bugs yet, and maybe they won’t find these plants, but I have about a dozen yards of netting to cover the plants with in case they do show up. Some different kinds of caterpillars and worms denuded the tomato plants’ foliage quite a bit, but I started going out there at night after dark and I was able to pick them off and transfer them to a patch of weeds where I thought they might be happy, and the tomato plants have recovered nicely. Container gardening seems to be my best option at this time. I can grow my plants in a location where they will not be as stressed out by the intense midday sun during the hottest part of the summer, and I can cover the plants with netting if I have to. In previous years, the tomato plants suffered from a lot of fungal and viral infections because of the incredibly high nighttime humidity. This hasn’t happened yet with these tomato plants, even though I started growing them in July. I don’t know if it’s because they are less stressed out where they are or because it hasn’t been as humid this year as in previous years. But I will be ready with plastic to cover next year’s plants at nighttime if I have to.
The Asclepias (milkweed) was also severely denuded by critters (not monarch caterpillars, however), but some of it survived. I wasn’t too aggressive about protecting it this year because I didn’t expect it to blossom in time for the monarch caterpillars anyway. Next year it will probably not have too many predators until the monarchs show up and I’m growing it for them, anyway, so they can eat it all they want.
I was re-reading some of the original posts I wrote when I first started this blog. I had in mind to have a Perelandra type of garden that would employ the same kinds of co-creative dynamics that are used there. At the time there were many things that needed to be factored in that I hadn’t anticipated. For one thing, I don’t have enough control over what happens with the energies here. I’m not the only person who lives here, and the other person who lives here has a vastly different energy dynamic than what is needed for the kind of balance a garden of this type requires. And with the kind of co-creative gardening they use at Perelandra, the crop is not the most important thing. The garden is. And sometimes the needs of the garden required sacrificing the crop. That wasn’t possible for me. My husband could not accommodate the idea of not getting maximum use from the plants that I invested money, time, and energy into growing.
And now he has taken on the property as his project, which thrills me to no end, but I am not the one making decisions about what is going to happen, and my husband is not the sort of person who would consider consulting with nature about what to do next, so I’m just going to have to do my best to advocate for nature as much as I can, and then work to achieve healing and balance through other means. The Genesa crystal will help a lot with that, and I will probably use Reiki to heal this property and the nature that exists here. I think we can achieve balance. But I guess it’s not truly co-creative if one of the entities who lives here (my husband) is not included in the energy dynamic or the decision making process. So it is going to have to be a kind of balance that includes the paradigm within which my husband lives. I feel that the result will still be very beautiful and magical in its own way.