This July has been the busiest month for me ever. My late start gardens are now ready for harvest. What happens when you plant 10 green beans? You get green bean monsoon. And I will never plant 10 zucchini plants this close again. I have a zucchini forest that I crawl into to harvest in. I have cabbages, cucumbers,corn, beans, tomatoes,squash, potatoes and yams all waiting on me. But I also have several neighbors who enjoy the bounty from my garden. I have never worked so long in my garden before. From 8-12 lunch, then wait for the afternoon heat to pass 4-8, put up poultry at 9 (over 70+) then dinner. A farmer never gets rest this time of the year. Then I am planting my fall crops. I am always covered in straw and DE powder. And it is almost August now. Things are looking like an early fall with blooming morning glories and rampant copperheads. The rains have come and everything is green and growing. It has been such a productive summer. I thank the Lord for all this wonderful food. And I am happy to share with my friends.
I happened to find this huge black beetle pondering across my neighbors basement floor. She almost weighed as much as a full spool of quilting thread and was the size of the palm of my hand. She is a black rain beetle and is a rare find indeed. They take 13 years to mature and both sexes emerge just before rain and fall to mate then burrow underground again. The female does not fly only the male, so that was why she was walking in the basement. She was the neatest bug I have found yet. I set her outside to find a mate in the woods.