It may not be summer on the calendar yet, but summer sure has hit South Carolina with a vengeance. Daily lows have been in the low to mid-70s, and the highs have been in the mid to upper 90s. Yesterday, we had our first 100 degree day. I was in the garden mid-morning yesterday and it was already in the upper 80s with high humidity. Unfortunately, I got a bit of heat exhaustion after only ninety minutes outside. Air conditioning, lots of water with lime (and a banana or two), plus some rest, and I was feeling a bit better. Meanwhile, please enjoy the pictures I took of my garden this week, despite the heat. This week’s garden photos!
Regardless of the season, there are always critters in my garden. I often share pictures with you as part of my weekly garden updates. However, it seems it’s been quite some time since I shared a post with all my garden critters together. So, I hope you enjoy the spring edition of critters in my garden.
Critters in my garden!
It’s been a full week of hard work here on the homestead. I took the week off from my job to work in the garden, and it’s taken the full week to accomplish! With the warm weather, a plethora of weeds started to take over my garden – inside the raised beds as well as around them. I spent the week harvesting the last of my winter crops (and processing much of it), weeding (filling ten four-foot lawn and leaf bags), prepping the soil (adding Azomite rock dust and compost), top-dressing the cypress bark mulch around the beds, and actually planting my spring crops (both seeds and seedling transplants). But, it’s done. Next week, I’ll be sharing “How My Garden Grows” pictures, so you can see how my plants and seedlings are doing. Here’s what’s happening already in my garden. This week’s garden pictures!
Wow! There are only two more weeks left in 2014. Where did the year go? I’m already flipping through seed catalogs as they’re arriving, ordering seeds, planning my spring garden. Meanwhile, the nights are staying cool (in the 30s), and the days are warming up into the mid to high 60s. I still have crops that are maturing – just at a slower rate (less sun, cooler weather). Although several of my beds are fallow, there are still crops growing and maturing – despite it being December. Gotta love the South! This week’s garden photos!
What a great week it’s been in the garden! Over the course of several days, we received over three inches of much needed rain. The temperatures have dropped some, as well, and my garden is so happy. New leaves are growing, new flowers are opening, and new fruit is appearing. Oh happy day! Come take a look. This week’s garden photos!
We had spring-like weather this week, and I’ve got asparagus, onions, and potatoes popping out of the soil. The birds are out in full force, too. This weekend, my neighbor said she counted 19 birds in my backyard at one time. I also have seedlings in the grow room! Amazing what will happen when you give your seeds the proper “home” to grow in. This week’s garden pictures!
It’s amazing the critters I find in my garden. From mammals to birds to reptiles to insects (both wanted and unwanted), it’s almost like my back yard is a wildlife preserve. Although I have been unable to get pictures of everything in my garden — most notably the squirrels and insect pests – I have taken quite a few, and I’d like to share some of them with you. I’ve posted a few of these pictures on my blog throughout this spring and summer, but not all. Come take a look!
Spring’s warmer weather brings so much to the garden besides new growth. It brings new life – what I call garden critters. Some we expect, like birds and insects. Others we’re surprised by, like this snapping turtle that visited my homestead after a rainstorm a couple of weeks ago. I live at least two or three miles from the nearest water (a pond), so I’m not sure how this little guy found his way to my place. He was plodding along in the rivulets on the side of the road near my driveway, and I ran out in my slicker and wellies to get a picture. After avoiding quite a few snaps, we finally got him into a bucket so the neighbor’s excited boys could take him to the pond and release him. See more life in my garden!
After working so hard on my germination station this past weekend, I thought I’d take a little break from the heavy gardening and just reminisce about some of the critters I found in my garden last summer. With Old Man Winter attacking most of the country today, I’d thought it’d be nice to give you a little warmth by sharing my critters with you. But wait, there’s more!