More Garden Preparation

Sometime during the winter, I work composted manure into the garden beds. This gives it plenty of time to become integrated into the soil before the spring planting. After last week’s rain and ice, today proved to be a perfect day for working outside.
In addition to the manure, I also emptied my compost bin into the garden. I first dug a trench down the length of one of the beds, then buried the partially-composted material in it.
Finally, I worked everything into the soil with my cultivator. With more rain expected next week, everything should now be ready when it is finally warm enough to plant!

Thanksgiving Day Update

Work continues on my 2018 Almanack & Garden Journal. With the holiday season here, I expect to have enough free time to complete it before the New Year arrives. In the meantime, here are a few photos from the remainder of the summer since my last garden update:

The okra always flourishes in the late summer heat of central Oklahoma

There is always more okra than can be eaten fresh, so this year I began pickling it as well

My one surviving Moonflower finally began blooming in September.

By late September the ornamental corn had dried.

The ornamental corn variety “Bloody Butcher” is probably the best all-around I’ve ever grown.

It was a mild Fall and everything continued producing well into October

By early November garden clean-up was finished and the 2017 gardening season was closed!

2018 Almanack Garden Journal

Unfortunately, I will not have the 2018 Almanack Garden Journal ready for release by Labor Day, as I have historically done. We are currently supporting the hurricane relief efforts in Texas and this has put me behind schedule.

I will release the 2018 Almanack Garden Journal just as soon as I can get it ready.

August 21st Eclipse

Using a solar filter, a small pair of binoculars, and my phone’s camera, I managed to capture some decent photos of today’s solar eclipse. We did not have total darkness where I live, the Sun was only about 85% obscured by the Moon. Here are some of the photos I took:

The solar eclipse begins

The Moon begins moving away again

You can’t really tell from this photo of my garden, but the daylight was noticeably subdued during the height of the eclipse.

Speaking of the garden, not much new to report. The okra is loving the hot, humid weather and is producing abundantly.

Mid-August Update

After a hot and dry summer, we got about 3″ of rain over the weekend. With the ground suddenly saturated, my sunflowers and corn started falling over. I braced up the corn with a couple of large garden stakes, but that wouldn’t work for the sunflowers:

The rain saturated ground caused my sunflowers and corn to fall over.

The solution I found was to use the fence posts from my rabbit fencing to prop up the sunflowers.

Using steel fence posts to prop up my sunflower plants.

The sunflowers still look kind of sad, with the summer coming to a close:

The top-heavy sunflowers are drooping after the recent rains

I’ve known all summer that there was a toad living in my flower garden, just from the signs of his digging, But since he only comes out at night, I never got a picture… until now!

The toad living in my flower garden beds.

I also found a toad hopping around amongst the corn stalks in my vegetable garden

A toad amongst the corn in my garden

A recent day’s harvest

My one pie pumpkin is beginning to turn orange