Good morning, everyone. I have to admit…after the past excruciating week at work, I don’t know what day of the week it is or whether I’m coming or going. I had such a to-do list for the garden and the yard, but I didn’t anticipate such long hours at work. So, alas, the to-do list remains “to do,” unfortunately. However, I did get a chance to harvest a couple of times and get some pictures of the garden for you, though. Hope you enjoy! This week’s garden photos!
Good morning, everyone. Another HHH week (hazy, hot, humid) here in South Carolina. Combined with my vicious fiscal-year-end work schedule, I have been out in the garden only a couple of times this week. <sigh> I’m going through gardening withdrawals, yet I’m thankful for air conditioning and the small harvests I have been getting. (Small due to the heat, fungus/disease, and insects.) However, I still have some pictures for you this week. This week’s garden photos!
Good morning, everyone. I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. I intended to spend quite a bit of time in the garden over the weekend, but it seemed my body was more exhausted than I realized. So I slept. A lot. I spent some time in the garden, doing a few things (like pruning and tying my tomatoes), but the major chores will just have to wait a few days longer. Funny thing – my mind continues to make plans as though I’m 25 but my body often screams, “Enough!” Ah, the joys of getting older. So, I do what I can as I can while I’m still working full time. Meanwhile, my plants may not be as healthy as they could be, but they are doing what they do best – fighting on. This week’s garden photos!
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!
Yesterday, I shared with you pictures of half my garden this month, compared to pictures last month. Everything has grown so much! If you missed yesterday’s post, you can see Part 1 here. Today, I’ll share with you the rest of my garden with links to last month’s pictures, so you can see the change. How my garden grows in June!
It’s hard to believe a month has gone by since I last showed you my garden pictures. But what’s really “shocking” is how much the garden has grown in four weeks’ time! You know the saying, “You can’t see the forest for the trees”? Well, I think that applies here because I knew my garden was growing; I just didn’t realize how MUCH it had grown until I compared the recent pictures with last months’ pictures. It makes this gardener all giggly. 🙂 Be sure to click the links I added so you can compare these pictures to last month’s pictures, as well. How my garden grows in June!
Well, it’s been another week without rain. We had a bit of a spit on Saturday, but it didn’t even measure in my rain gauge. I am not looking forward to my water bill! But the gardening must go on. Although I didn’t accomplish all I wanted to this weekend, I still got a lot done. Besides the harvesting and weeding, I planted more Scarlet Nantes carrots and Early Wonder beets. I also planted five kinds of lettuce: Tom Thumb, Buttercrunch, Black Seeded Simpson, Red Romaine, and Red Sails. I put up a quart of green beans (ate the rest!) and about five pounds of green bell peppers in the freezer, dehydrated three pounds of Pink Lady apples and 140 lemon drop peppers, and made two batches of hot pepper jam. Busy farmer weekend, for sure. It may be autumn, but the homestead is still hopping. This week’s garden pictures!
Even though we’ve been inundated with rain the past couple of weeks, I’m harvesting oodles of tomatoes and peppers, cucumbers and raspberries. I had so many peppers of different kinds and colors, I made a pepper centerpiece out of them for the picture above. See this week’s bounty!
The tomato crop is coming in – by the dozens every day now! This weekend I had an abundance of tomatoes, so it was time to make my famous arrabiata pasta sauce. But what gardener with a full time job has time to blanch dozens of tomatoes to remove the skins? I don’t! So, a month or so ago, I purchased a manual Victorio Food Mill (with additional attachments) to take care of that for me. The advertisement stated that it would remove the skins and seeds without blanching. At first, I was a little leery about how well it would work; but after one use, I’m a believer! See how it works!
We’re finally drying out a bit here, and it got quite hot (high 80s) for a few days. I’m battling new bugs (aphids on the snow peas and whiteflies on a couple tomato plants), but the neem oil seems to be working, thankfully. In preparing for this week’s update, I was amazed at the amount of growth in my plants just since last week. (The above picture is a view of most of my beds.) Green and growing? Then all is well! Take a look!