Just in time for the new year, my 2018 Almanack & Garden Journal is available for download! Use the link at the top of the page or on the sidebar to get your copy.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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 solution I found was to use the fence posts from my rabbit fencing to prop up the sunflowers.
The sunflowers still look kind of sad, with the summer coming to a close:
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!
I also found a toad hopping around amongst the corn stalks in my vegetable garden
In the old agricultural calendar, August 1st was known as Lammas Day and it marked the start of the harvest season. To celebrate the event, I am posting a selection of photos from my own garden, taken during the time since I last posted.
That’s it for now! Watch for updates on my 2018 Almanack & Garden Journal! As usual, I plan to release it over the Labor Day weekend, in early September.
The gardening work continues, and a lot has happened in a short amount of time:
Here are a few photos from my spring gardening activities. Nothing in the vegetable garden yet, it’s still a bit early in the season for that because everything I am planning is hot weather. However, there’s been a lot going on in the flower garden beds. I suffered a minor setback when a pocket gopher showed up, but that problem was dealt with.
It was a very mild winter and early spring, so the daffodils bloomed very early. These are the descendants of some daffodils that were growing at a rental house I lived in back in the ’90s. When I moved out I dug a few of the bulbs and took them with me. Those spent about 6 years growing at my mother’s place while I lived in an apartment and then I dug those bulbs and planted them here in 2009.
I now just purchase flower seedlings, rather than trying to start my own. I have found that I have much better luck that way, the ones I start indoors always have a hard time making the adjustment when I put them outside.
I lost some of these flower seedlings when a pocket gopher turned up in the yard. After resolving that problem, I had to replace the plants it had eaten down to nothing.
Here are some of the seed packets I ordered for this year.
I did start a couple of the Bullnose pepper seeds, here they are coming along nicely. I put them outside whenever possible, so hopefully they will adapt well when they get transplanted outdoors.
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
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.