The only way to endure even the least of garden/veg maintenance this summer is to get outside around dawn before the world turns into a blast furnace or dusk, when things simmer down. But lately, it's absolute he!! to foray out even at those times. That big rain allowed mosquitoes to breed in incredible numbers. Now they have hatched and they are all OUT FOR BLOOD! MY blood!
The first time I went out (since the hatch) I innocently showed up at the veg bed in shorts and sleeveless. *swat* Hey! *swat swat* OUCH! *SWAT SWAT SWAT* Holy crap! I couldn't even hold the hose else I would have probably beaten myself to death with the wand. I dropped everything and RAN for the house. *slap* I was absolutely covered in welts.
The next day I geared up: long sleeve shirt, jeans, boots, gloves, hat. I tried again. But oh man they swarmed my face and neck! Another run back to the house. I grabbed a big square of nylon net that I use to cover veg sprouts and (go ahead, laugh) draped that over my hat/head and tucked it into my collar. I could do a few chores, some watering, and collect the veggies. Even then those suckers bit me where the netting laid right on my skin. Also it wasn't long before I was as hot and steamed as a baked potato. *pant* Back to the house post haste!
|August 1, 2011 harvest|