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.
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…
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…