Retirement is confusing. I used to have this nicely segmented life. I went to work. I came home. There was cooking and cleaning, a little social life, a little time for gardening. I always knew what day it was.
Then we retired. Now life is undisciplined, and that makes it complicated.
I figure my days by the arrival of the gardener and when the book club meets. It’s confusing and, although I often (not too often) know what day of the week it is, I usually can’t tell you the date.
Naturally enough, in the tropics, I hardly ever equate our weather with a season.
Not having a season is fine with me because I can garden all year round. All that is required is to know whether the weather will be hot and dry or hot and wet. At least that’s what I thought when we moved here. Now I have discovered that it can also be cool and wet or cool and dry. After three years here, I also find that the area doesn’t even have a rainy/dry dichotomy. What we have is a rainy season and a rainier season. This is very hard on tomatoes.
Tomatoes grew like mad in upstate New York. One year I just let the cherry tomatoes go, and they hit a height of seven feet (2 meters)! Okay, production was down a bit (tomatoes like a bit of pruning) but it was fun to be able to hide behind the plants, and if gardening isn’t fun once in a while, what’s the point? Now I look encouragingly at my tomatoes, and they seem to shiver and say, “tooooo cooooold”.
Evidently, the tomatoes have been talking to the cucumbers behind my back because they are refusing to grow as well. String beans? Forget it. They got about 6 inches tall, produced 2 or 3 beans each and gave up. Then the leaf cutter ants finished them off.
Now I am planting peanuts, and I’m not sure why. I had planned to plant some for my chickens, but someone got into the hen house and stole them away (my husband, Metric Man, doesn’t mind that the rooster is gone), so that use is out. We enjoy eating peanuts, so that’s a plus if we can figure out how to roast them, but I planted a lot of peanuts. Maybe the local cows would like some. We will just have to see how they grow and if they are susceptible to ants and other pests.