Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 7/14/14

It was a happy, happy weekend in the garden. We got rain! In two days, my back yard received 3.3 inches of rain. The rain we got last weekend held the garden over until this weekend, so I didn’t have to water anything but my potted plants all week. The only negative is that the rain makes the air even more humid (think steam bath), and the mosquitoes have come out in full force. Good thing I eat lots of garlic; the mosquitoes don’t usually bite me, but they are annoying. I’ve got a few new items in the garden to share today, and I now know what the mystery melon is! Come take a look. This week’s garden photos!

I Have Melons!

Now that I have your attention, I want to share with you what I found while walking through my garden around sunset last night. It was still 90 degrees with a heat index of 98 at 8:00 p.m., but at least it was a little cooler than it had been in the afternoon, allowing me to be outside for a bit. Well, I decided I would take a closer look at all my melon vines to see if any melons were close to ripe or if there were any new melons. I found a melon-palooza! So much so, I thought I’d share my melon pictures with you in a separate post. I have melons!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 6/23/14

The intense heat continues here in the Charleston, SC area. Most of the days have been in the mid-90s, with a couple days reaching 98 and 99 degrees. Highest heat index was 108 this weekend. Needless to say, I didn’t get as much done in the garden as I needed to. I couldn’t stand the heat! We did get an inch of rain yesterday, thank goodness. And I did take time to take some pictures. This week’s garden pictures!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 8/26/13

It’s almost autumn, but the temperatures are still in the 90s here in the Charleston, SC area. I’ve had to postpone some of my fall planting due to the high temperatures, but I’m hoping to plant beets and carrots on Labor Day weekend. What I’ve sown for the fall planting so far is in various stages of growth – from germinating under the ground to new seedlings to first and second sets of true leaves. I love the new life in my garden! The picture above is a Henderson Lima bean sprout poking through the soil (and grass clipping mulch) yesterday. Unfortunately, along with having new seedlings, I’m losing some established plants. It’s sad, but it’s gardening, where life and death are part of the cycle. My garden this week!