I didn’t make it out to the garden yesterday, so today there were quite a few tomatoes to harvest. No matter how many veggies I pick, the novelty never wears off.
I’d like to report the months of June and July missing. I know we’re still in July, but so much of it’s gone and I don’t know where to. I guess summer likes to speed by.
There’s been so much rain this summer that only once has our rain barrel run dry. This is not only because the rain keeps it full, but because when it rains, we don’t have to water the garden as much. Go figure. It’s hard for me to say we’ve gotten too much rain, because I don’t want to be in a drought. But, I think the copious amount of precipitation did my zucchini plants in. They simply rotted away. I’ll just have to make it a priority to buy some at farmer’s markets. (Especially since last year I found a double chocolate zucchini bread recipe that I really want to make again.)
Our other veggies have done well, though. Let’s take a look around Combs Canyon, shall we?
So, a few weeks ago, a deer or two thought our garden was a salad bar. They ate the very first of our cherry tomatoes that started to turn red. They also nibbled the leaves of my pickling cucumbers. (Fun fact, the pickling cucumbers themselves are actually kind of prickly. You have to rub off these little “spikes” before eating and deer can’t do that, so they leave the cukes themselves alone.) Last year, I had hung some car air fresheners around the garden and the animals seemed to leave it alone. My husband confirmed this method with some Internet research and we bought a mess of those Magic Tree air fresheners. You know what I’m talking about. Seriously, the deer haven’t come back. Talk about a cheap and easy solution.
We got those blueberries from Rouster’s. Quite possibly the best reason to get up early on a Saturday.
Enjoy the weekend, folks!
I don’t know where May went. But, if you see the month, can you tell it to call me?
Actually, I know where May went. It was a busy month. My husband and I got our garden in order, made some upgrades and now we have plants in the ground we check on daily to water and care for.
Going into gardening, we knew that each summer would not only bring fresh vegetables, but also a lesson or two. First lesson of this season: do not start seeds too early. With my basement grow lights, I started my seeds too early. They were outgrowing their pots before it was time to put them outside. (A cold spring didn’t help.) Next year, I’ll start later, but not as late as last year.
Even though some seedlings were looking a little iffy, we put them in the ground anyway. We also bought some tomato plants–our favorites coming from Ed’s just a few miles from us. (I’m convinced we never have to visit a big box hardware store for plants again!)
Here’s how things are looking and for reference, here’s how they looked in April.
Enjoy the sunshine, folks!