Green country living

    One of the benefits of the rainy spell is that the countryside is a lush green. The trees, grass and alfalfa fields are flourishing in the wet conditions and our garden also is growing by leaps and bounds. We’ve eaten the last of the radishes and have picked a lot of spinach that’s waiting to be made into salad or steamed for a side dish. Soon we’ll be eating beans, peas and raspberries.

    The wet weather also has been good for weed growth, so the other night I applied a liberal dose of Deet to ward off the mosquitoes, and did some weeding in the carrot, beet and lettuce rows. The stand of carrots looks pretty good, but the lettuce and beets are quite pitiful, with only a few plants scattered here and there. We’ll probably plant another row of lettuce, but I think it’s too late for the beets. We’ll probably have enough for ourselves, but not any to share with fellow beet lovers.

    The mosquitoes didn’t bother me too much when I was weeding the garden, thanks to the Deet, so I asked my daughter and husband if they wanted to go on a walk that evening. Even though I have lived in the country for most of my life, I still am struck by the beauty of North Dakota in the summer. The evening light cast a soft glow on the green corn and bean fields growing on either side of the road we were walking down and even the field ponds looked pretty with the setting sun reflecting off of the water.

   North Dakota summers are fleeting and during a June like this, where cloudy days outnumber the sunny ones, I appreciate the nice ones even more. Enduring a few mosquito bites is worth paying the price for drinking in the summer evening beauty of the North Dakota countryside.