Garden Diary 29 July 2018

The month of July is always full of grandies enjoying Camp Sonnystone.  The garden takes a back seat, but we did manage to pote our buckets around and keep everything as watered as we could…well, almost everything.  Despite our best efforts, the lack of rain combined with the heat took its toll.

After the Jose’ fam left, we surveyed the damage and brought in whatever veggies we could, which was plenty.  Most of the yellow squash had bit the dust (literally) earlier, but there were 3 zucchini producing.  The tomatoes were covered with ripening fruit and the bell peppers are (still) carrying on.  I ended up freezing a dozen quart bags of zucch and squash, though, so I’m happy.  Now there’s one more zucchini on the last plant.

I had to take down a tomato that suddenly went yellow on me, and the better boys have slowed down, but I’m hoping they’ll get started again.  I still have dozens of tomatoes, even after making a huge greek tomato salad and slicing every chance I get.

I’ve harvested 4 pots of basil and made an ice cube tray of pesto.  There’s a pound or so of onions, and some chive put up.  Casey’s barrel of potatoes only produced a handful, but the experiment gave us great ideas of next year.

Oh, and that’s a jar of lemon verbena leaves, ready to be transformed into tea, or infused into some nice vodka.

I’m really grateful, as I know many gardeners have had worse seasons and I do have a lot to show for my work.  It’s just that vegetables are a bit of a gamble.  Yet each year I learn something new.

The flowers, though….  daisies, rudbeckia, roses (!), pineapple sage, butterfly bushes… they are blooming, attracting the birds and bugs and making me smile.

 

Casey has started a Major New Project, and I’m planning an August Extravaganza of sorts…  You’ll want to read about it over at The News from Sonnystone Acres…

Peace

 

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July 2 Garden Photos

The rains continued to do our watering, perhaps a little over-zealously, until Friday last and now it’s our turn.  The garden is in Full Summer Swing…

I pulled up the first crop of green beans — about 3 lbs — and got them cleaned and ready to be snapped by Sonnystone Campers next week.  Grandpa should have plenty of new potatoes, too.

We’re over-run with Squash And Zucchini!!!  It is a regular on the menu now, and I’ve frozen a couple of lbs! The Garden Fairies Love Me Again…!

Still waiting for the tomatoes to ripen up, but that should be just in time for my visitors.  We’re leaving the garden under Jr’s care while we drive down to Disney World to pick up the Joses and bring them back for Camp Sonnystone.  They will be here until the 20th or so, and I know you’ll want to check out the Fun we’ll be having over at The News.

 

Peace

Garden Diary 5 June 2018

Thank-you, Alberto, for dropping a whole lotta rain.  From 5/29 to 6/3 the plants jumped from…well, look!

The edible garden is earning its keep, scoring a First with a lovely Better Belle followed closely by 3! Big Berthas.  A dozen tomatoes are on the Better Boys and Celebrity.  The cherry tomatoes are blooming all over the place.  I’m especially proud of the zucchini and yellow squash.  I’ve had so many Fails with them in the recent past.  When we lived over on Harmon Ct. they grew like crazy, and I’ve stubbornly persisted in trying to replicate those years.  It looks like this might be My Year with the Squash.  I don’t want to jinx myself, though, and rile up the squash bugs that are just looking around for a cocky gardener to bring down.

It really was a Whole Lotta Rain, possibly too much for some of my containers, so I’ve moved stuff around in my usual OCD manner.  I’m still not done….Will I ever be?  Do I want to be?

We are taking a break and heading up to camp at Harmonie SP for a couple of days.  I’m ready to cook some foil meals,  hike some easy trails, soak my clothing in Off!, and sit and stare at the campfire…

Peace

Back in the Garden

So, we just skipped Spring this year, it seems.  Since April 29, when our lows were a chilly 40’s and highs mid-50’s, we have had 2 weeks of blazing highs in the upper 80’s to 90’s, even set some records.  We also got a hail storm, the likes of which I have never witnessed.  It was high anxiety watching as my newly-planted veggies were pelted, but they all made it through with minimal trauma.  Now we’re in a holding pattern of clouds and rain, which is just fine.

Here’s this year’s edible garden, as of today…

 

My roses were devastated by rose slugs.  Can you believe it?  They have bloomed beautifully, but within about 3 days went from having a few holes in the leaves, to being literally foliage-free….not a good look.  We have sprayed, twice, so we are hopeful that they will recover, but…  I sincerely regret buying all these knock-out roses. I guess these blooms  almost…kinda…sorta.. make up for the trouble.

 

Still, this lovely honeysuckle bloom is as easy and pest resistant as it gets…  I should stick with native plants…

I planted lavender in containers this year, throwing in the towel at growing them in the ground.  My original plan was to keep them out in the edible garden, but I’m babying them on sunniest spot on the front porch for now.

Since it was summer-like, we got the pool up and the water was quickly comfortable, especially after working up a sweat schlepping around plants.  We expanded the pool area and changed some stuff around.  I’ll catch you up with that and the front porch (we have had some good rummage sale buys this year) over at Sonnystone Acres .

There’s some good-looking cilantro out back begging me to make Salsa…

Peace

Sprung

The News from Sonnystone Acres

Spring is here!!  I’ve been outside—OUTSIDE!!!  For so long I have sat by the fire, imagining what all I would do as soon as it warmed up…  I was almost overwhelmed, wanting to do everything!!  But I have calmed down…

I planted seeds:  peas, carrots, beets, radishes, lettuce, spinach, and mustard.  My zucchini and yellow squash have been set out.  Cilantro has been planted.  Casey planted the asparagus.

We had to move the 4 leftover rose bushes out of the veggie garden where they had spent the winter.   I moved around some daisies in the north garden to make room,  and it’s rather full now.

 The lawn was a sea of flowers, but the dandelions were all puff-balls, so we managed to mow just before the rains.

My containers are ready, and I’m going to fill them with lavender, rosemary, basil, and whatever I come up with, while it rains…

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Autumn Photos

and all at once, summer collapsed into fall…          Oscar Wilde

The colors are slow to change this year, since our muggy-hot temperatures wore out their welcome.  We’ve spent the last week or so bouncing around freezing, so the yellows and oranges that I love are becoming more plentiful….on the ground!  Still, Fall is a beautiful Season…

Larry Garcia Gnome and his brother, Daryl, still maintain their tree-home down the hill…

My nasturtium has been amazing this year, blooming still…

Warm colors, cool temperatures…a month before we have to start scrambling for Christmas…I think I’ll sit back and have another cup of tea…

Peace