Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 8/24/15

Decisions pic

Good morning, everyone. This week’s update is going to be a bit different than what you’ve become used to. First, I didn’t think you’d want to see a rehash of my suffering garden. (If you missed the monthly pictures, see How My Garden Grows in August, Part 1 and Part 2.) Second, I had some decisions to make about my garden (based on how poorly it has done this year), and I wanted to share that with you. Garden decisions!

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How My Garden Grows in August 2015 ~ Part 2

Good morning, Garden Buddies. Welcome to part 2 of the August installment of How My Garden Grows. (If you missed part 1, click here to see photos of the first half of my garden.) Today, I’ll share photos of the rest of my raised beds. Don’t forget to click the links to see they looked last month. (Aahh….memories.) How my garden grows in August!

How My Garden Grows in August 2015 ~ Part 1

Good morning, everyone. It’s time for my monthly installment of “How My Garden Grows.” Each month, I share with you photos of my garden, raised bed by raised bed. This month, I had every worthwhile intention to have the garden weeded and cleaned up before taking pictures, but alas, that didn’t happen. [Que maniacal laughter.] Between my work schedule and the heat, I just couldn’t do it. And now, to my embarrassment, you will see a garden overgrown with weeds among heat-stressed fruit and vegetable plants. Well, I did tell you from the beginning that I will share it all – the good, the bad, AND the ugly. August is usually the ugliest my garden gets, and this August is pretty much the worst ever. But, it’s my garden, so here are the photos of the first half of my garden. (Don’t forget to click the links included to see how the bed looked last month.) How My Garden Grows in August!

How My Garden Grows in July 2015 ~ Part 2

Good morning, everyone. Welcome to part 2 of the July installment of “How My Garden Grows.” I already shared pictures of my entire garden and raised beds 1-9. (If you missed it, click here for Part 1.) I was bemoaning my sorry-looking garden, but one of my online garden buddies commented and encouraged me that it wasn’t as much gardener issues, but truly weather issues. (Thank you, Peggy!) Today, I’m sharing the other half of my garden, raised beds 10-20. Don’t forget to click the links to see how everything looked last month. How my garden grows in July!

How My Garden Grows in July 2015 ~ Part 1

Here we are in the midst of the summer haze, heat, and humidity, and my garden is showing it. I will admit, however, that not all of what you’re about to see can be blamed on the weather. I knew my garden wasn’t doing as well as it has in the past, but I didn’t realize how poorly it was until I looked at last year’s pictures from the same time period. I just haven’t been able to get out in the heat for long enough to fertilize, apply foliar spray, weed, etc. And it shows….a lot. It’s a little embarrassing – what with me having a gardening blog and all – but I have promised that I’d share the good, the bad, AND the ugly because that’s life. Maybe I could look at it this way. This year is a study on the effects of doing…nothing. So, sit back, take a look at part 1 of my monthly garden photos, click the links to see how each bed looked last month, and smile if my garden makes yours look like a paradise. How my garden grows in July!

Was This the Star of Bethlehem?

I know I’m a few days late sharing this with you, but duty called, and I couldn’t get the pictures together until this week. Last week, the news was full of astronomers talking about the fact that Jupiter and Venus are appearing closer together than they have in over 2000 years (since 3 BCE, I believe). Well, we know what happened 2000 years ago. It seems this MAY be what the wise men followed to find Yeshua (Jesus) in Bethlehem. (It also could’ve been an exploding super nova, but I digress.) The closest the planets would appear was on the night of June 30th, a week ago, and I got some pictures of it over my homestead. Jupiter & Venus pictures!

How My Garden Grows in June 2015 ~ Part 2

Greetings from “the scorch.” Yes, we’re still bearing up under 100+ degree days here in South Carolina. Thankfully, my garden is surviving. Some plants barely, but still hanging on. Last post, I shared with you pictures of the first half of my garden, raised beds 1-9. (If you missed it, click here.) Today, I’m sharing pictures of raised beds 10-20. Don’t forget to click the links included to see how everything looked last month. How my garden grows in June!

How My Garden Grows in June 2015 ~ Part 1

The weather has surely changed since last month, and you can see the effect on some of my plants this month. Everything has grown, but there are signs of heat stress on many of my plants. There’s nothing I can do about that, unfortunately. Today, I’m sharing pictures of half my garden of 21 raised beds in this month’s installment of How My Garden Grows. There are also links to what the plants looked like last month, so be sure to click the links to see the difference a month makes. How My Garden Grows in June!

Garden Bounty ~ Week Ending 5/30/15

This past weekend, I had my first major harvest of the season. The raspberries are ripening, the radishes and onions got fully harvested, the snap beans and cucumbers are producing their first harvest, the lettuce is ripe for cutting, and a handful of peppers were ready to pick. In all, I harvested almost a half pound of raspberries, 2.7 pounds of radishes, 1.4 pounds of cucumbers, 1.3 pounds of lettuce, 2.2 pounds of snap beans (green and wax), 8.8 pounds of onions, and a handful of peppers. Not bad for the last weekend in May! Take a look. Garden Bounty!

How My Garden Grows in May 2015 ~ Part 2

Last post, I shared with you the first half of my May garden. (Click here if you missed Part 1.) So, today, I’m proud to share with you the rest of my garden.

You’ve seen beds 1-9; here are beds 10-20. Don’t forget to click the links to see how each bed looked last month. The difference since last month is great to see! How my garden grows in May!