What am I most excited about? Not killing my entire garden next month. Last year, July ended and August began and I killed my entire garden. Nothing was picked, watered, or weeded. It completely died (except for a few peppers which needed little care). Why? I began setting up my classroom for a new school year. I started putting in endless hours copying, organizing, planning, and getting ready for my fifth graders. Yes…in the beginning of August. I do wish others could see how much time and energy actually goes into preparing a classroom and maybe, just maybe, all the “but teachers have summers off” would stop.
Many teachers will be in their classrooms this week and I will not be one of them. Although I didn’t get out of setting up a classroom completely, as I did help a friend, it was a completely different (enjoyable) experience.
Along with not killing my garden, I am enjoying some other firsts:
- Not freaking out about seeing school supplies in stores. BTW, supplies started showing up in the beginning of July and I smiled instead.
- Not spending money on school supplies (I would be embarrassed to tell you how much I actually spent last year, besides I’m not sure you’d believe it).
- Saving some serious money on gas (I had an hour commute each way). Final savings: About $200-$250 a month!
- Finally, NO school nightmares! There is nothing worse than waking up to some bizarre dream about how you messed something up that was expected of you!
I am still trying to figure out what I miss about teaching this time of year.. So far, I am almost sad to say, there is not too much. The biggest thing would be seeing my colleagues and hearing about their summer. I guess that’s what Facebook is for. 😉 And I am absolutely sure, I will miss the newness of the school year when the students arrive. I loved seeing their little, excited faces.
So, I’m actually taking care of my garden. Imagine that, I will actually have time to do that. And I’m happy to say the garden is kind of out of control. Well, the watermelon and cantaloupe are out of control (even with the trellis built). Can you see the two watermelon?
And a closer look:
My peppers in one bed are in fantastic shape and are growing well. However, in the other bed, the bugs are having a feast. I think I have it under control now though 😦
And my bug-eaten peppers:
My Roma tomatoes are growing, but seem smaller than usual. Any suggestions?
Overall the garden is in terrific shape along with my stress-level 🙂