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What I’m Not Doing

30 Jul

My garden this year has been a bust.  Between the late start, early heat with tons of rain, then dry, and…  Well, it’s been neglected.

I actually mowed it once between the tomatoes and stuff.  The okra grew quickly in the heat and humidity, so it will produce later in the summer.

The tomatoes are doing well also.

I’m pretty sure, even if they are totally covered by the grass and weeds, I’m still going to have a good crop.

I’ve picked a few cucumbers and a couple of zucchini.

Unfortunately, I have lost some zucchini plants to squash vine borers.  I hate them.

I don’t know how to get rid of them since they are in the soil.

acorn squash (not touched by squash vine borers so far)

I think that means I want to move my garden up north; hopefully it won’t have them up there.  I also want to dig some of the baby plum trees and start them up north.

baby plum tree

My big plum tree that I moved here from my mom’s place is not looking good–too many severe weather years and yard goats.

It’s also twenty years old.  Although, if they hang on, it looks like there will be quite a few this fall.

I have a couple bigger young trees that my nephew said he’d help me move with the backhoe.  We’ll see how that works.

So my garden is largely a bust for this year, but I’m looking at improvements and changes for next year.

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My Garden

3 Jul

With all the rain we’ve had, I haven’t done a thing in my garden since it was planted.  All the rain also means that it is full of weeds.  Monday I decided I had to start reclaiming it despite the additional 2 1/2 inches of rain we had Saturday night.

At least I didn’t have to wear my muck boots to get into it.

cucumber blossom

The fence worked like a charm to keep the dog out.

Sky

Although, I did feel kind of guilty when he started whining like I was hurting his feelings.

Not enough to let him in, but I did feel a little bad.

I promise not to pull any plants if you just let me come in. I love you. Please……

Anyhow, I pulled around all the plants.  I found some tomato blossoms!

Weeding around the plants was pretty much a full day’s work.

Of course, I took some breaks, and that made Sky happy again.

Now It needs to dry up a bit more so I can get it cultivated before the next rain!

Updates

26 Jun

I thought I’d share some updates on things.  First–Antigone.  Remember she became a unicorn after getting her head stuck.  She’s doing amazingly well.  After just a day or so in the garage, she was back to her usual naughty self.

Antigone

Unfortunatley, she’s still afraid to let me touch her now.  I can’t say that I blame her.  In the picture above, she is standing on the tree they kept falling from on the wrong side of the fence.  My nephew and dad came out with a chain saw, and trimmed it back farther.

Daisy in the tree; Penny by the fence

That helped a lot–except for Daisy.  She fell or jumped over one more time.

I worked on fastening the fence better, and we haven’t had anyone out since then.

Penny, Casey with his head through

Hopefully, that pattern continues. Speaking of fences, Cutie seems to have figured out she can no longer put her head through a fence and get it back out.  Yay for Cutie!  Sadly, Hera needs to figure it out now.  Hopefully, she’s smart enough to figure it out soon.

Hera

Our rainy weather is continuing.  By the time I can get into my garden, I’ll have a hard time getting all the weeds out of it.  (If you look closely and click to make it larger, you can see the rain in the image below.)

robin

You’ll also notice I got my cattle panels put across to protect the garden from Sky.

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