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Garden Journal 8-20-2020

Though I appreciated the rain in the garden, I was fed up with the gloomy cloudy storms.  As we packed for our anniversary trip the weatherman was predicting more rain, more clouds…but he lied.  Driving down the road, the skies were blue, the sun was playful behind light, puffy clouds.  We had absolutely perfect weather for camping under tall trees, walking under clear, starry skies, and watching sunsets.  We came home rested and ready to get some gardening done.

I pulled up those black crim tomatoes…aren’t I terrible?  They were producing deformed, weird-tasting fruit, so out they went.  Two better boys just quit producing, so they went, too.  I took the banana pepper out of its container and planted it in the empty spots and filled in all the other gaps with green beans.

I planted six broccoli plants in their own little row, since they don’t like tomatoes, or peppers, or beans — unfriendly little veggies.  Oh, I moved the chive into the ground, too.

I picked up some manure to give everybody a little boost for the finish line.  I’ve got some pretty cukes and peppers growing, and I’m thrilled to have Two More zucchinis that made it through the rains.

I haven’t done much other than deadheading (again and again) in the Peace Garden, but I’m going to take advantage of the current cool mornings to fix that gap that bothers me.  I have ideas…

Keep on growing…

 

 

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Garden Journal 8-13-2020

We are Eating the Fruits of our Labor, enjoying green beans and new potatoes, dipping bell peppers and cucumbers in ranch, and eating a variety of tomato salads.

Saturday is our 40th wedding anniversary, so we are packing up the camper and heading out to parts unknown.  The garden isn’t needing much and Michael should be able to keep it all alive for a bit.

The weather has been gloomy and I’ve been grouchy.  We haven’t been past the grocery store since March, so we Really Need this.  We’ll be staying in state parks, totally offline and away from all the noise.  I may not be back by next week, but I’ll be thinking of you.

When are these morning glories going to bloom?

Keep on Growing…

 

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Garden Journal 8-6-2020

Between the squirrels wreaking havoc trying to jump from The Goddess’s head to the feeder and the days of torrential rains beating down, my Peace/Bird Garden was looking pretty shabby.  We moved the trellis, The Goddess, and the birdfeeders, exposing blank spots that I’m unsure how to fill.  Of course, I know what I’m going to do to fix the problem Next Year, but for now I’m just deadheading and propping things back up.

DooDooDoo…lookin’ out my back door…

The Edible Garden got smashed by the downpours, but no permanent damage; in fact, the lima bean seeds loved it.

Unfortunately, I found out yesterday that the limas are climbers, so we’ve shuffled most of the plantlings over to a trellis.  I’m going to plant another crop of bush green beans in the now-empty lima area.

The rains cleared the air and we’ve had the most pleasant days for garden work that I’ve ever experienced in August.  The heat and humidity are supposed to return tomorrow, so I’ve got to stay busy…

Keep on Growing…

 

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Garden Journal 7-30-2020

This is the 20th Garden Journal post of the 2020 season.  At this not-quite-midsummer point, we’ve moved into what I call the chopping season.  Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers have to be sliced and diced.

The first planting of green beans (May 10) was spent, so we pulled them up, soil was amended, and lima beans sown.  I’ve never grown limas before.  These were gifted to me by a good friend who says they are as easy as green beans, so I’m excited.  I have 8 bell peppers growing beautifully, but only 2 are producing; that is my fault for too-early planting.  Cucumbers are plentiful and there is even 1 zucchini–a last-minute reprieve. Giving a crop that much room for 1 zucchini doesn’t seem right to me, but I’ve said that for years and I just keep trying.

I’ve spent several mornings dead-heading the daisies and after this rain, I’ll spend several more getting them back to pretty.

Outside the rain is steady and has been since a downpour early this morning, so I’ve taken pictures from the windows.  Casey’s been outside, though, since he doesn’t care if his hair gets frizzy…

Keep on Growing…

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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…