Wow, this is the 23rd garden journal entry this year. Last year we wrapped things up early as we were preparing for a trip to New Mexico, so there were only #17. We’ll carry on at least through September this year and some of these beans won’t be mature until the middle of October… I’m sort of kind of looking at taking a trip in later October maybe, but we’ll see…
The Edible Garden all looks good…beans have sprung up, broccoli is holding its own, and the garlic chive is having its 15 minutes of fame.
The Sunflowers Are Smiling…
Still chopping and dipping, saute-ing and grilling..
Out in the Peace/Bird Garden, I pulled up all the dasies except for the corners; pulled up the lonely liatris and lost phlox, then shuffled around the rudbeckia and echinacea to form some symmetry of sorts. The result shows more space and returns somewhat to my original vision to use all native plants. The corner daisies will be replaced with blueberry bushes as soon as I can.
Our bird population seems to have picked up in the last week or so; possibly overnight visitors already? I had seen very few goldfinches this year, but there have been several feasting on the seedheads of the spent flowers — a very welcome sight, though I have no pictures, so you’ll have to take my word for now. Maybe next week?
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
Last minute post. We had a surprise visitor today and I got sidetracked.
The grandies have gone home and the silence is deafening… The Edible garden is producing plenty of tomatoes and the cucumbers are looking randy. Thee are green beans galore, but the bell peppers are a bust.
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!
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.
burpless cuke blossoms
California Wonder bell pepperspeppers
looking west from the stawberries & taters…
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.
daisies and lovebirds
east garden pre-mulch
It’s Hot, Don… Humidity is breathtaking today. We’ll get some work done this evening or tomorrow morning. The pool beckons…
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…