Finally, my harvests are “picking up.” The cooler weather has given relief, especially to my peppers. We also had quite a bit of rain in September, which helped. (Unfortunately, we have now had two weeks without rain, so out comes the garden hose again.) In addition to my pepper harvests increasing, my second crop of snap beans are now producing. This is in addition to my Dixie speckled butter peas and raspberries. Harvesting is my favorite part of gardening! This past week, I harvested 4.3 pounds of peppers, 4 pounds of beans, 3/4 pound of raspberries, and one tomato. (Hey, it’s October. I’m grateful I have ANY tomatoes!) This past week’s garden bounty!
You’re going to notice a little bit of a change in my postings this week because I’m taking a much needed break in all things labor related. Yesterday was my birthday (no, I won’t tell you how old I am!), and I’m spending the entire week relaxing and having fun. NO WORK FOR ME THIS WEEK! But I haven’t forgotten you guys. The changes to my site for the week are very minor. Today’s update will have fewer pictures than normal; the same goes for my Garden Bounty post for tomorrow. For the rest of the week, I’m going to share interesting articles I’ve found elsewhere on the internet, ending the week with an insight into the Sanctuary Gardener herself – moi. Next week, things will be back to normal. This week’s garden photos!
It’s been another week in the 90s here in my Sanctuary Garden, but we did get rain twice this week. It was heaven sent, for sure! This weekend, it was overcast in the mornings and I was actually able to spray my garden with aspirin water and baking soda water, and do some fertilizing. I also planted a bed of Dixie Speckled Butterpeas. I read they love the heat, so I figured I’d try them. All in all, my garden is doing well, considering the heat and insufficient rains. This week’s garden pictures!
I think we need an ark for my sanctuary garden! Rain, rain, cloudy days, mist, more rain…. Today is the first day the sun has come out in a week. I’m not worried about ground water as my raised beds drain well. However, all the rain and humidity is the perfect environment for fungus and disease on many plants. I pulled a couple of lima beans that looked troublesome (didn’t want it to spread to the other plants), and I’m investigating some black spots on one of my pepper plants. (Mold??) Yet, my garden IS growing. Come take a look!