Sometimes, finding motivation to deal with the rhythm of the season can be a challenge, as interspersed with the "good stuff" of observing, discovering, picking and eating is the relative humdrum activities of weeding, watering, record keeping and staking/tying - then later on, if desired, seed saving. For me, with so many plants in pots, watering is by far the most significant regular burden.
Anyway - here is a snapshot of a typical day for me during this time of the season. I tend to wake earlier when the garden is really actively growing...my garden is like a big laboratory or science project and I can't wait to see how my experiments are progressing. After turning off the deer-repelling water scarecrows, I take a ramble through both the driveway and big garden for a high level assessment....to plan out those things that need to be done. Sometimes I take my hand held recorder with me and speak some observations into it (which I later transcribe into an Excel spreadsheet format annual garden log). If it is going to be a really warm, dry day, I will often start (after the essential breakfast and cup of coffee, of course) with a thorough watering of everything. Following that, I will decide what is the highest priority to do next - typically tying the tomatoes to their supports (it is amazing how fast they grow, and this needs to be done weekly at least). While I tie, I also do whatever pruning needs to be done on each plant (removing unwanted suckers).
Once that is done, there could be any number of additional tasks - picking out a quadrant of the big garden to get the weeds under control, carry out some fertilizing, plant replacement/removal in the case of disease, changing the batteries in the water scarecrows, or harvesting.
Somehow the better part of a day can pass by just keeping a garden healthy and happy. The rewards are delicious things to eat and answers to all of the various questions I pose as I plan what to grow each year - the color of a particular mystery tomato, pepper or eggplant, the size or shape, yield or flavor. It is a hobby that's certainly not for everyone - especially when treated in such a high maintenance, intensive way that I prefer - but it certainly works for me!
Thanks for coming along on my gardening ride! May all of your journeys be as enjoyable and full of wonderful harvests!