Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 6/30/14

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!

Herbal Allies in the Garden ~ N through Z

Last week, I posted the first article in this two-part series, “Herbal Allies in the Garden ~ A through M.” Today, I’m sharing with you the herbal (and floral) allies list N through Z. Again, although this list is not exhaustive, it represents many of the common herbs and flowers gardeners plant. Consider growing these among your vegetables and fruit trees to help repel garden pests and disease as well as draw beneficial insects to your garden. And the added beauty is always a plus! Learn about herbal allies!

Drying Herbs in the Oven

This past weekend, I realized I needed to seriously clip my oregano and thyme. Although I use them fresh in much of my cooking, the plants are growing faster than I can use them. So, I gave both plants a major hair cut! The picture above is what I harvested from the oregano and thyme. What did I do with the harvest? Dry it, of course. Learn how!

A Gardener’s Work is Never Done

With my fiscal year-end work schedule and Charleston’s summer storm schedule, I am woefully behind in my gardening chores! I’m either working until dark, or it’s raining or too wet to do what I need to do if I get home before sunset. Last night, I was in the garden until I couldn’t see anymore – harvesting cucumbers, tomatoes, raspberries, and close to 100 pepperoncini! I also topped my paste tomato plants because they were so long, they were bending over each other! Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to do any more than that. So, today being my weekly day off, I have quite the list of chores to accomplish. What’s happening at the homestead!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 5/6/13

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!