Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 11/10/14

The winter weather forecast for the Southeast is calling for a colder-than-normal winter, and I think it’s right. Last Saturday night we had our first frost – two weeks early. I woke up Sunday morning to a temperature of 32 degrees, and ran outside to see the damage. Thankfully, almost everything survived the frost. The only plants that showed frost damage were my pumpkin vines. I guess, because the leaves are so large, they presented too much surface area to not be affected by the frost. However, I’m hoping enough leaves survived to keep the photosynthesis going until all my pumpkins mature. Other than that, my garden is still plugging along. This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 8/25/14

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any hotter here, it did. This past Friday’s high was 101 degrees – actual temperature! The heat index was 110. Needless to say, I was out of the garden that day by 10:30 a.m. when it was almost 90 degrees. My poor garden is under severe stress from the heat, and I’ve been moaning about the harvests that aren’t as big as they should be (if any at all). However, when a local fellow gardener told me his garden was fried and kaput, I started to feel grateful that my crops were at least hanging on – even if by a thread. I guess, considering the heat, my garden isn’t doing that badly. This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 7/21/14

I had a lazy week in the garden this week. I think I’m so exhausted from my work week and cooking/preserving, all I did was a little pruning and the harvesting. I had good intentions for catching up on gardening chores this past weekend, but I wasn’t feeling well on Saturday, and it rained on Sunday. So, guess what I’ll be doing after work this week? Yep – my not-done-yet to-do list: fertilizing, planting string beans, foliar sprays, etc. At least my garden is holding its own. Take a look.  This week’s garden photos!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 7/7/14

This week was crunch week at work (for fiscal year end), so I didn’t get out in the garden as much as I wanted to. Also, Hurricane Arthur breezed by our coast on Thursday, July 3. It was cloudy and a little breezy, but my garden got only 0.2 inches of rain. I was hoping for at least an inch or so. Oh, well. Better than getting a deluge, eh? So, the hurricane had absolutely no effect on my garden, thankfully. This week’s garden pictures!