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.
August 1st was historically known as “Lammas Day” and is the traditional start of the harvest season. To mark the occasion, I’m posting a few recent photos of harvest coming from my own garden:
It’s been a big month for the garden, here are some photos to illustrate!
Everything is growing well
Blossoms on the bean plants
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.
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!
Glass Gem Ornamental Corn
Although the garden is still very young, I though I would post a couple of new photos to show how things are coming along.
The ornamental corn is growing quickly. Beyond that, you can just make out some cucumber sprouts and beyond those are pepper and tomato plants. In the Square Foot Garden bed, I have the zinnia and marigold seedlings I purchased earlier in the month, along with a different variety of cucumber which I planted a couple of weeks ago.