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Garden Journal 7-9-2020

The Grandies arrived last Friday!  It seems like every year they visit just Before the peak of the garden, but this year our Green Beans and Potatoes were Ready for them.  We scarfed them down on Saturday and there is at least one more batch of beans to fix before they leave and plenty of potatoes.

But it’s too early to harvest much else, so I’m making regular visits to the farm markets nearby for tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, sweet corn, and water melons.  Great Summertime Eating!

Here’s a video tour of the gardens…

Keep on Growing…

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Garden Journal 7-2-2020

It’s time to bring in the green beans and some new potatoes.  The New Yorkers will be here next week or so I’m told, so we’ve been trying to hold off so that everything will be fresh when they arrive.  We’re going to have plenty of cucumbers!  The bell peppers are taking their time…one at a time…   Tomatoes should be ripened for the visitors and we have our first Four ears of corn developing!  We’ve never grown corn before, and we only planted six…  Next year: more.

We’re still moving stuff around in the Peace/Bird Garden — replacing a rudbeckia that didn’t make it with a fall-blooming mum. In the East Garden I need to re-plant the butterfly bush that I thought wasn’t going to make it and add the last of the fall-blooming mums before we bring in the mulch.

It’s Hot, Don…  Humidity is breathtaking today.  We’ll get some work done this evening or tomorrow morning.  The pool beckons…

Keep on Growing…

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Garden Journal 6-25-2020

We’ve had so much growth this past week, thanks to a good combination of drenching rain and beaming sunshine…who could ask for more?

The Edible Garden…

I moved the bird bath into the Peace Garden and shuffled around the coreopsis.  The fall-blooming mums were planted around the birdbath.  A fan-trellis was added with ivy climbing up and my Mother Mary placed in a prominent position to bless us.  I’m not catholic,…we acquired the statue when we bought our son’s house… so I call her The Goddess…

We’ve got the Local grandies for a couple of days.  My New York Grandies should be arriving within the next two weeks — in time to harvest potatoes and green beans, tomatoes and peppers — all of their favorites.  Until next week…

Keep on Growing…

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Garden Journal 6-18-2020

Casey has thrown himself into building a stone walk from the exit of the Edible Garden around the East to the South porch and brick walkway.  He said it was the “final” project and that felt ominous.  He meant that we would complete a goal we’ve had for years to have a brick or stone path connecting the North with the South porches.  There’s never a “final” project, I’m afraid.

Look at the Grapes!  I think I’ll try to get them before the birds do this year…

This is milkwood, Asclepias spp., the Only plant that monarch butterfly larvae can eat.  It’s new this year, bought at the Zoo plant sale, and it might take a while to do its magnet thing.

The Edible garden just keeps growing, even my 1-week-old green beans.

I harvested and grilled one bell pepper the other day, but probably won’t see more anytime soon.  Samantha harvested and ate the first cherry tomato…

We’ve had some absolutely perfect weather, allowing us to be active outside without working up much of a sweat.  I’m messing with the Peace Garden again…I think I’ll put the bird bath in the center…  Yeah, there’s definitely no such thing as final around this place…

Keep on Growing…

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Garden Journal 6-11-2020

After days of hellish humidity, today is perfectly pleasant.  I moved those two better boy tomatoes into the spot where the sugar baby watermelons were struggling.  The peas were spent, so they came down to make room for a fresh row of the melons.  Our green beans are beginning to flower, so we planted three more rows to keep ’em coming.

The Edible garden is full of almost-edibles right now…

I finally added the 33rd plant, a penta, to the Peace Garden… Keeping it evenly divisible by 3…

The daylilies are looking beautiful…

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Garden Journal 5-28-2020

Another beautiful day in the garden today, finishing up some planting, trimming, and even a little harvesting!  My Need-to-Do list is empty now, but there’s plenty on the maintenance list to keep me busy — and fed — until next Winter…

We have a plethora of Oregon Sugar Pod peas to munch.  We planted them March 8.

The green beans look sharp…planted these on May 10.

Since I got kicked out of the plant place, I had to start seeds and that’s been a very positive side effect of rejection.  I have started the bush-variety zucchini and the nasturtium successfully..so far.

The pool is up and ready for floating… Every time we even hint that we are going to put up the umbrella a big wind whips in, but we’ll have it up by this week-end.  I planted Vinca in my old fountain.

I am so grateful for gardening…I’m always Present when I’m working with the plants and soil. and Present is the Place to Be…

Keep on Growing…

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Garden Journal 5-21-2020

I’m feeling that Tired that comes after a day of digging and planting, lifting and arranging.  Sweet aches.

I feel back-to-normal after buying up more plants than I need from Rural King.  Our Rural King doesn’t take care of their plants, leaving them on tables on the parking lot until they are dried and scorched.  With our recent drenching rains I felt it was good time to grab some, though they were a smidge moldy.  I Finally found some coreopsis, though, so into my cart went the best I could find.  I took out four of the pinks in the Peace/Bird Garden and replaced them with the coreopsis…so far, so good.

Bonnie Bell had a good selection of herbs and vegetables, too, which is unusual there.  I have two tomato plants in the garden that are stunted — that’s what happens when you leave them out in cold, almost freezing, temperatures.  I knew that, but I held out hope since I covered them up.  They seem stuck, but I want to give them a little more time and warmth.  Still…I hate to take a chance, so I bought two more small tomato plants (a better boy and a beefsteak) to prep just in case.  Same with my basil: two of three look puny, so I bought one more.  Just to be sure, I bought two more bell peppers and a sweet banana pepper so I’m covered if those small peppers I have moved three times don’t do well.

I forgot that I had bought, in desperation, three Black Krim heirloom tomatoes from the Pet Food Center when I was buying more begonias…I have never been interested in heirlooms, but hey, I thought I wouldn’t find more.  Should be interesting.  I put those and the bell peppers into large pots.  The other tomatoes are still on the porch until they are big enough to go into the ground.

All of it is planted now, though I still have some pinks that don’t have a spot.  Who wants to be finished, anyway? Casey’s focused on the Pool Side, so that’s probably where they’ll end up.  The front porch hasn’t been decorated yet, waiting for some decent weather.

I spoke too soon last week and was immediately put in my place with very cool, wet days.  I’ll just keep my thoughts to myself today…well, except to say I wish it would warm up for Good…

You know who doesn’t care?  The Roses…

Keep on Growing…

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Garden Journal 5-14-2020

After the most miserable week of leftover winter weather, Today Shimmered in with Sunshine and  75-degrees!  So naturally, I’m late getting to my blogging as I’ve been out in the gardens.

I’ve put Miracle Gro on everything in the edible garden. I put the California Wonder Bell Peppers back into the ground, though they haven’t got roots worth a dang.  I planted a milkweed and a penta in the spot vacated by the old butterfly bush.

I’m not sure if I should thank ya’ll for not mentioning that my Peace Sign Garden was really a Mercedes-Benz hood ornament — are you just being nice to a dotty old lady?   That has been corrected with the addition of another leg.  I still had a problem as there were only 35 plants and that is obviously not evenly divisible by 3.  If I added one more plant, that would throw off my symmetry.  I could’ve bought four more, but that would put them all too close together.  What to do?  I have too much stuff stashed and I almost forgot about an old urn we picked up while bumming on heavy trash day.   The urn was placed in the center and planted with a Rosemary for Remembrance, reconciling my craving for symmetry and my weird-obsession-with-the-number-3!

I’m almost afraid to say out loud that I think Spring has finally arrived…shh…

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Garden Journal 5-7-2020

It feels like March has returned with predicted record-setting low down to 32 tomorrow.  It’s been blustery, cloudy and cool, then teases us with sunshine and a hint of warmth.  I brought the bell peppers back inside and we’re covering the rest.  All growth has stopped in the edible garden except for the peas and potatoes.

That’s okay…there are still plenty of blooms going on without any care from Me.

The Birds, too, don’t mind the cold…as long as there’s plenty to eat.  The red-breasted grosbeaks are back!

We’re in for another week of this uncool cool weather, so I’ll just ramble from porch to porch until it passes…

Keep on Growing…