The weather was so mild this weekend, I completed what I refer to as the “winter plowing”. In other words, I turned over my garden beds and added some composted manure to the soil. I actually started over the Christmas holiday break, but have only just now completed the work.
Turning the soil
Smoothing the soil, breaking up clumps
Adding the composted manure
Meanwhile, in my flower beds, my daffodils are already coming up. We’ve had a mostly mild winter so far, so it’s not surprising. However, now I will have to be careful to cover them if we are expecting to get any kind of frozen precipitation. I have learned from experience that the daffodils can handle cold, but not ice.
The 2017 Almanack & Garden Journal is now available! Just click the tab at the top to get to the download page.
My 2017 Almanack & Garden Journal is on schedule to be released over the Labor Day weekend, which is my traditional publish date. You should be able to download it in about another month! Here’s the draft of the January 2017 page.
It’s been a big month for the garden, here are some photos to illustrate!
Everything is growing well
A volunteer watermelon which I decided to just let wander where it wants
Blossoms on the bean plants
Ears are starting to form on the ornamental corn
Moon as seen through the corn plants
Volunteer zinnias which I transplanted into one spot in the flower bed.
Profusion Orange Zinnias
State Fair Zinnias
Okra and Jalapenos
Cucumbers from the garden
We made a batch of pickles today!
This actually occurred on July 3rd, but our Independence Day celebrations were in full swing. The weather had been hot and dry all day, but late in the afternoon the sky clouded up and soon it began to rain. We got about 2″ of rain in an hour, and the local drainage system could not keep up. So, just like during the Spring of 2015, the streets and my yard partially flooded. Here are a few photos:
Fortunately, once the rain stopped the excess water quickly drained off. But it’s always a nervous time for us when this sort of thing occurs because you never know just how high the water is going to go.
Posting a couple of photos taken at the vegetable garden today. Everything is coming along nicely although the peppers are not really progressing very much. We’ve had very hot weather recently, so that may be a contributing factor.
On the other hand, the corn, okra and cucumbers are growing like crazy. I did not plant any watermelon or cantaloupe this year, but a few voluntary vines sprouted among the beans. So I am letting them grow. I am also trying very hard to keep my tomato plants pruned and trained, that’s something that I have been slack on in past years.
And finally, I noticed the first cucumber of the season today!
Not all the action is confined to the vegetable garden. Here’s are some flowers currently blooming on my patio container plants.
It’s taken some time, but my garden is finally starting to look like a garden. Here are a couple of photos I took this morning, after watering everything.
Today I planted more okra seed, to fill in the spots that did not germinate after the original planting. I also planted two beds with two different varieties of bean, which I intend to harvest as dry beans. I also planted some sugar pumpkins and pole beans amongst my existing Ornamental Corn stands, in an attempt to replicate the “Three Sisters” technique used by Native Americans. Here are a few pics!
Jalapeno peppers already forming!
Wade’s Flint Ornamental Corn
Glass Gem Ornamental Corn