Wednesday, June 24, 2015

a challenge to the garden

drought heat and the garden

the school year mostly finished up a week ago
and the last days have been for the garden,
fighting future weeds with newspaper and leaves
and the high 90s drought heat with hose and soaking,
the squash and cucumber all a-flower
yet I worry for their fruit
if the rains don’t come while we’re gone,
like this year’s potatoes, whose yield plummeted in the dry,

the first tomatoes are close to full yield,
the Kentucky Wonder pole beans are just up and raring to go,
but all the garden can only thrive for a few days
without God or me adding water to the baking. 

by Henry H. Walker
June 20, ’15

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