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Mid-Summer 2019

After a late spring storm season, things have dried out here and the gardening is coming along nicely. Here are a few pics of this year’s garden:

Flint Corn and Sunflowers
Summer Squash Vines
Summer Squash
Flower Beds
Tiny Frog on a Zinnia Flower

Also, I’m working on my 2020 Almanack & Garden Journal, so be watching for it this Fall!

Labor Day Update

The summer is drawing to a close and, as usual for this time of year, the garden is looking pretty overgrown.
Some okra and peppers I recently harvested.

The corn is dried out, so I will pull it up and put it into storage for now. I will bring it back out later, to use for fall yard decoration.

The tallest of the corn was around 9′.

My morning glory vines were destroyed by spider mites this year, but I managed to save the moonflowers. There have been blooms every evening now for the past couple of weeks.

Midsummer Day Update

Today is historically known as Midsummer Day, and it’s time for an update! My gardening activities were by necessity scaled back this year due to having ankle surgery last March. However, I did get some planting done and things are coming along nicely. In a switch from recent years, my flower gardens are doing better than my vegetable garden.

Zinnias in my front yard flower bed.

More zinnias and some marigolds. The climbing vines are morning glories and moonflowers.

Pepper plant and flowers.

Tomato plant and flowers.

Ornamental corn

There was a squirrel feeding at the bird feeder during a brief rainstorm this afternoon. Notice how he is holding his tail over himself to keep the rain off. I have heard that squirrels do this but had never seen it before.

Meanwhile, work has begun on my 2019 Almanack & Garden Journal! Watch for it to be available sometime in the Fall!

Time for Spring Planting!

Spring was rather late in coming this year. But I haven’t had much garden news to post anyway because I had ankle surgery in early March and was unable to do any outdoor work. However, the recovery process is coming along and today I was able to get a little work done in my flower garden beds. I dug the soil in preparation for planting and I also purchased several seedlings.

The soil in my flower bed is loosened for spring planting. I have two daisies from last year that have returned again this year.

Marigolds which will be planted in my flower beds.

More daisies to be planted in the flower bed.

A couple of ornamentals for planting elsewhere in the yard.

Some tomato and pepper plants for the vegetable garden.

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!