Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 8/18/14

It’s been brutal in the garden this week, and there’s no relief in sight. The forecast for the next ten days calls for highs in the mid 90s to low 100s. It’s almost Labor Day, and I’m working hard not to get heat exhaustion while trying to get gardening chores done. And there are a lot of chores to be done. It’s transition time here – the summer garden remains and the fall crops need to be prepared for – and it’s blazing hot!! In fact, it’s so hot still that I’m going to have to start some of my fall crops indoors under grow lights for the first time, so they’ll germinate. How’s that for a switch? Well, in spite of the heat, I still have some pictures to share. This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 8/11/14

I’m now back from a great vacation with family up in Rhode Island. It was a long drive (954 miles and two days each way), but I had a great time enjoying family, cooler weather, Italian cooking, the best fish & chips, and the prettiest rocky shoreline in the world! Before I left, I prepared all my articles for the week and a half I was gone, and they all posted on time. However, there was a glitch for one article post, and notification emails weren’t sent out. If you didn’t get an email on August 6, please check out my post “Gardening in Outer Space.”

That said, I’m sure you’re wondering about my how my garden fared while I was gone. Trust me, that was the first thing on my mind when I pulled into my driveway! I got back from vacation this past Saturday; and the second I finished unloading the car, I ran out to my garden. Overall, everything is fine. However, bugs did attack while grass and plants grew like triffids! And, alas, I did lose some things. This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 7/28/14

It seems the slight reprieve from the oppressive heat is over. We’re back into the 90s with high humidity. My stints in the garden are staggered between long water breaks in the air conditioning. I have quite a bit to do in the garden, but I’m having trouble getting it all done on schedule due to the heat. Welcome to gardening in South Carolina. Happily, however, we did get over an inch and a half of rain this week. I think the dry spell is over, and my garden is happy about that. This week’s garden photos!