A personal record of what's going on in my Northern Michigan zone 4 gardens. I use raised beds and grow organically. Nothing fancy--just trying to garden with nature in mind.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

End Of The Month Roundup---March 2017

Greetings all
I'm sure you've all noticed my absence over the past month---we went to Iowa and Nebraska for the month of March to escape winter.  We should have stayed home.  I contracted the flu on the way OUT, and spent the entire time in Nebraska ill, as I ended up morphing that flu into pneumonia.. I"m glad we had a house rental, as dealing with that in a hotel would have been a nightmare.

We got home a few days ago, and it's still cold and drizzly and miserable, but it's HOME and when you feel lousy, it's the best place on earth.

It felt so good to meander out to the garden to take photos.  Hubby calls me Jihad Jane---as I am bundled in a face mask and hooded coat.  Laugh all you want, dear man......at least I am OUTSIDE!!!

There is  lots of clean-up to be done and hopefully over the course of the next month my endless list
will start to get whittled down.
Garlic starting to peek through the straw

West Side of Garden looking north towards the older blueberry bushes

Lots of clean-up work ahead

Getting ready to set up cold frames

New Blueberry patch came through it's first winter healthy

East Flower border---lots of cleanup needed

I've been working at catching up with your blogs.  I've missed you all so much. Can't wait to
see what you've all been up to.

Happy Spring!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

2017 Winter Sowing, Seed Orders, and Garden Plans

Dec 22--WINTER SOWED--Trays covered in plastic, set in my "shop" to freeze/thaw/freeze/thaw....
                                    Agastache cana--gift from my son
                                    Aster-New England (from Seed Saver's Exchange visit)
                                    Aster-Pale Pink from saved seed-Wildcat Hills, Nebraska
                                    Echinacea-saved seed from garden
                                    Echinops--saved seed from garden
                                    Gaura-lindheimeri    White butterfly (gift packet from a neighbor)
                                    Foxglove-Giant Spotted (from Seed Saver's Exchange visit)
                                    Helianthus--saved seed from Toadstool Geologic Park--Nebraska
                                    Lupine-pink and white--saved seed from garden
                                    Queen Annes' lace -saved seed from Lucas Road

                           SEED ORDERS FOR 2017  Budgeted---$100   Spent--$113

I thought I would be under budget this year for seeds (and I was........but then.....)
I ended up going over $13.  I'm facing facts that it is time to raise the seed budget. I've had the same amount for the past 10 years.  Some seeds are now close to $4 a pack.  I still consider that a bargain, given the quantity of fresh, healthy, ORGANIC food that garden gives us.  It literally saves thousands on the grocery bill.

So next year--the seed budget goes to $125.

Pinetree Seeds: Placed Order  12/16/16       Received 12/22/16
                       Basil, Blue Spice
                       Marigold-Lemon Gem
                       Summer Squash-Golden Zebra
                       Winter Squash--Butterscotch (Isn't that name wonderful!!)
                       Tomato-Gold Nugget
                       Tomato-Black Cherry
                       Tomato-Pink Bumblebee---who wouldn't want to grow something that sounds so cute?
Fedco Seeds     Placed Order 12/16/16      Received  January 6, 2017
                       Broccoli-Green Super
                       Brussels Sprouts-Gustus
                       Bush Bean-Blue Lake 274
                       Corn-Ambrosia Sweet Corn
                       Kale-Vates Dwarf
                       Mache-Verte de Cambrai
                       Pea-Super Sugar Snap
                       Tomato-Prudens Purple,  Sungold,  Supersweet 100

Johnny's Selected Seeds   Placed Order January 6 ,2017     Received  January 17, 2017
                      Glacier Cherry Tomato (growing for neighbor)
                      Gold Nugget Cherry Tomato  (growing for neighbor)
                      Mokum carrot-pelleted  (1000ct)
                      Salvia- Marble Arch Mix
                      Cosmos-Cupcake Mix
                      Lunchbox Mini Bell Pepper (growing for neighbor)

Territorial Seeds   Placed order January 9, 2017    Received  January 17, 2017
                      Alyssum Mulberry Mix
                      Zinnia Starlight Rose
                      Zinnia Zahara Double Strawberry
                      Zinnia Art Deco Mix


                                               GARDEN PLANS 2017
            Please remember--I don't draw in the aisles between the beds, but it's there in real life!
              I outlined in red where spaces should be.
           Tentative planting dates are shown.  Carrots (3 beds) staggered for a steady supply

The Raised Beds---Don't forget---there's spaces between those beds!!!

West portion of garden--Regular "in ground" beds

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

2016 Winners and Losers in the Garden and Notes for Next Year

Summer Bounty  July 2016

I always like to get the bad out of the way first so here goes---
The Losers for 2016

1. Cauliflower--Snowball
Pulled on July 30.  Out of 9 plants, 7 of them bolted. The two heads that didn't were tiny. I cut them anyway--I wasn't going to lose them as well.  2 heads-1 serving. Disappointing. This variety took too long to mature and  ended up getting caught in our July heat wave.   I miss my old 40 day variety (Silver Cup 40) . It  always had perfect heads that matured in early June--way ahead of the heat.  I cannot find it anymore. It used to be carried by Pine Tree seeds, but was discontinued.   As I am unable to locate a seed supplier for Silver Cup 40, I don't think I will try cauliflower again.

2, Acorn Squash-Sweet Reba
Poor producer (only 1) and that one had some critter that had bored into it and had to be discarded.
I only use ONE acorn squash per year.....so from now on I'm going to BUY it!

3. Tomato--Juliet
These were a waste. I thought they'd be a nice "snacking" tomato, but they were dry and mealy, PERFECT FOR SAUCE--only I don't make sauce.   I'm looking for lots of cherry type tomatoes for snacking on and that mature in our normally (not this year!!!) short season.

4. Potato-German Butterball
     I wanted to like these, but the fact of the matter is--Yukon is STILL my favorite "buttery"
      potato. This variety didn't yield as well, and the taste didn't WOW me like the Yukons.


1. Broccoli-'Green Super'--OMG--the PERFECT broccoli. HUGE heads that held their beads tightly, and also gave tons of shoots that were almost as big as the original head. I got FOUR cuttings of side shoots. It even withstood a hot and dry summer. What's not to love!

Broccoli, Kale, Romaine, and Mesclun lettuce

2. SunGold Tomatoes.
Yes-I'm late to the party. These were marvelous. The taste was so.......DEEP.  I loved them.
I will grow them again forever!
Pan O' SunGolds and other goodies from the garden

3. Phlox "Moody Blues"
    Bought seeds for these and WOW--the color variations are amazing. It's like denim--in flowers!
Phlox-Moody Blues (with Crystal White Zinnia)

4.  A "New-to-Me" company---    Longfield Gardens
       All I can say is AMAZING company.  I ordered Dahlia tubers from them--they were the                        BIGGEST tubers I've ever gotten .  They arrived FAST and were very reasonably priced.
Dahlia--Lavender Perfection and Fluerel

Dahlia--Nadia Ruth

5. My new SUPER SIZED (14 x 20 feet) leaf-composting area.  Thank you hubby!!  FINALLY -a space big enough to hoard all those leaves!!

So-I have 2 new additions to my Tried and True " best of the best" list of vegetables (SunGold tomatoes and Green Super Broccoli.

My list of vegetables then for 2017 will be:
Beans-bush--Blue Lake 274
Broccoli-Green Super
Celery-Tall Utah
Garlic-Unknown Variety from Farm Market 9 years ago
Kale-Vates Dwarf Blue Curled
Lettuce-Valentine Mix (Spring) , Black Seeded Simpson and Buttercrunch (summer)
Pepper(Green) -Revolution
Potatoes-Yukon, Red Pontiac, Unknown variety Russet (saved from a bag of grocery store taters,
Tomatoes-Brandywine, Matt's Wild Cherry, Prudens Purple,Sungold,  and ???
Zucchini Cocozelle

To Try in 2017
More varieties of cherry-type tomatoes.  Still researching!  Open to suggestions--I'd love to hear
YOUR favorite snacking type cherry tomato (for short-ish growing seasons)

FLOWERS--my 2017 grow list:

Phlox-"Moody Blues"    I would LOVE to find the Phlox -Phlox of Sheep--Thompson and Morgans
   USED to carry it. I see it available in the U.K.  Can't find it here in the states.

Snapdragon--University Mix.  Another new-to-me variety this year--GORGEOUS!
Snapdragon-University Mix.

And the old standbys-Cleome, Zinnias, Sunflowers, Cosmos, Salvia, and Alyssum--all from saved seeds.


More Fall vegetables !!!!!!!

Keep up the sowings of carrots, lettuce, and spinach--you'll appreciate that come fall!

Stagger plantings of zucchini. Helps in case of vine borers, etc.

Pile leaves on ONE SIDE of compost area each year, dummy!  (not the whole area like you did this year)  It takes TWO YEARS for leaves to break down.  Duh, Sue

Vegetable Garden November 2016

Well, that's it for another year. Hope everyone enjoys the upcoming seasons. As for me-lots of
hiking for the next few weeks and hopefully TONS of snow this winter for skiing.
Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.  I think that covers everything.
Time for my winter break from blogging.

I'll "See you" in the Spring.


At the Conservatory-Eugene Mahoney State Park, Nebraska

Monday, October 31, 2016

End of the Month Round Up-October 2016

October 18, 2016  Our Big  Maple and our barn peeking through the leaves
Trip to Iowa/Nebraska, and Wyoming  Sept 13-Oct 3

Arrived home Oct 3 to lush flowers........not the typical blackened garden.
That's never happened in all the nine years I've lived here. Typical first frost is ~Sept 9.

Oct 5  1/4 inch rain

Oct 6   1/4 inch rain
            Drained 2 more water tanks (before the rain!)

Oct 8   PLANTED GARLIC    (40)  Old Variety
            Not bothering with the Persian Star or Chesnok Red.  The old variety is still the best

Oct 10 Don finished up the new composting area and I'm starting to fill that with grass clippings
            as a base to smother the grass and weeds growing there.

Oct 12  Started collecting seeds---Cleome, Purple Coneflower, Agastache cana, Alyssum, Phlox-
              "Moody Blues", zinnias, and cosmos. I gathered enough to sow for next year and will
                 let the birds continue spreading it for me.
           RAIN  1 inch (!!)

Oct 13 Dug all my peach geraniums from the west border and stuck them in a bucket until
            I decide whether to pot them up or try just storing them "as is" for the winter. My
              windowsills are already full.
           RAIN  1/4 inch

Oct 14 Picked our FIRST GOLDEN DELICIOUS APPLES, lots more grapes, last of the Juliet
            tomatoes before tearing out that plant
Apples, Grapes and Tomatoes.  

Oct 15 Leaves starting to really fall now.  Ironwood trees almost bare. Maples turning slowly
            Boxelder behind garage and orchard trees still green and lush
              I go out every day and bag up three loads to add to my new composting area.
October 16, 2016  Lucas Road

Oct 16  RAIN  1/4 inch last night and into this morning  Temps in the 60's!!
           STILL NO FROST!!  WHAT????????????
              Still getting SunGold and Matt's Wild Cherry Tomatoes and grapes.
                Still have carrots, lettuce, Brussels Sprouts (which are waiting for a frost to "sweeten"
                  Celery and Kale

Oct 17  THUNDERSTORM  this morning.  A muggy 68 degrees and 35/100 inch RAIN

Oct 18  Muggy and 72 at 6 am.  Drizzly skies all day.  1/10 inch RAIN
October 18, 2016  Leaves are falling fast!
October 20  DUG SWEET POTATOES. I'm not good at digging them. Stabbed a few. Chopped some                      too. And though the harvest was small--it's encouraging. Will try again, I guess.
                  Picked 3 NICE Brandywine tomatoes, a handful of Matts Wild Cherry and SunGold
                        tomatoes plus Kale and the usual 1/2 dozen carrots to snack on daily
Brandywine Tomatoes, Carrots, Kale and SWEET POTATOES!!!!  Oct 20, 2016 

October 21, 2016 Dahlias from the Garden-
Thomas Edison(Dk Purple), Fleurel (white),, Lavender Perfection and front-Vancouver

Oct 22  Did a final pickup of leaves for composting. The rest can blow away. I have plenty.
           Pulled all the tomatoes and composted them.
           Still growing -carrots, kale, Brussels Sprouts, Celery and Mesclun lettuce mix.
           As of this writing , we are STILL without frost--it is FIVE WEEKS OVERDUE.

Oct 23  Leaving  for Iowa. Again.   Hopefully when we get back , this freakishly endless growing                    season  will be over.  I know I'm certainly DONE.
           I'm ready for hibernation-cooking and baking, reading, painting, skiing, just having TIME.

I've disabled comments until I am home and able to catch up with all your blogs. Until then------


End of the Month Round Up-September 2016

Morning Glories, Too much Kale, and my guardian of the garden

Sept  2  Picked the LAST OF THE CORN.  14 ears. Small, but still tasty and no pests.
                     Picked a gallon sack of broccoli shoots. Carol took half, and half to Tom and Val
                     RIPPED OUT BROCCOLI
                     Also sent Carol home with celery and 6 ears corn.
                     5 nice Brandywine tomatoes.  Horribly disfigured and cracked. Yep Perfect

Sept 4  Dug the RED PONTIAC POTATOES---lost approx half to the red squirrels--they
                       eat the top potatoes--and of course, those are the biggest. I did get roughly 15 pounds
                    Drained and scrubbed 2 of the WATER TANKS.  Three more to go. Sigh.
Sept 5  Picked LAST OF THE GREEN PEPPERS (6)--pulled plants
                    Also got 1 quart misc Cherry Tomatoes and 1 pound Mokum carrots.

Sept 7  1 Quart Misc Cherry Tomatoes
           1 pound Mokum Carrots

Sept 10 Pulled the rest of the tomatoes
            Put grass clippings/fallen leaves on Row 1--Beds
            Around noon, a storm hit---heavy rains, gusty winds.
            Falling temps---by 3:30 the temps were down to 59 degrees.

Sept 13  Hit the road. Vacation time!!  Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming.  Will be home sometime in Oct



Friday, September 2, 2016

End of the Month Round Up--August

The Vegetable Garden Sept 1, 2016. Mostly empty now......

Well, August has come and gone in a flurry of harvesting. It was all about the Corn and Tomatoes and Zucchini and Potatoes and Onions. Pans full of goodness daily...so much so that we were able to share with our many neighbors.  I find that the most joyful part of gardening--being able to share the harvest.

The vegetable garden is just about done. I have just a few more ears of corn to harvest and of course--the Brandywine tomatoes and SunGold tomatoes.  The Brussels sprouts are tiny yet--I've never grown them before and don't know quite when they will be done.
There is also 4 more rows of Mokum carrots that will be harvested on an "as needed" basis-usually a pound or so every few days.
The broccoli has had 3 cuttings and there's another ready. I've been giving it away as I have plenty in the freezer to last all year. I'll pull it after tomorrow's cutting.

Even though they aren't done yet, the Green Peppers will be yanked this week. Even the neighbors won't take them anymore. Enough with it!!   The Kale--same thing.  Enough!

The freezer is stuffed.  I have ALL the broccoli, green beans, green peppers I need for the year.
I only have 5 pints of corn---there is no way I could grow as much as we would need, but my corn is
"saved" for SPECIAL occasions--holiday meals and birthdays, so that's ok too.

I did not freeze ANY berries this year.  I went so overboard last year, that I still have some to clean up.....namely peaches, applesauce, raspberries, and blueberries.

I also have in the garage ALL the onions, garlic, and potatoes we will need for the year. I actually gave away quite a bit--it was a banner year for potatoes, that's for sure!

I'll be back at the end of September with another update, then the Winners and Losers for the year.
Until then---have a great beginning of fall (hooray!!!!).
A  "Thank You" tray of goodies for Neighbors Ed and Carol for taking us to Muskegon August 13

Beautiful flowers behind my ugly deer fencing

The Phlox was finally able to bloom after the great Deer Munch-Off

Morning Glories enjoying the cool weather

The Sunflowers were crazy beautiful this year. This one had 25 (!!!) heads on it!

A Bowl of Mixed Cherry Tomatoes, Mokum carrots and the first of the fall lettuce

Now--MY boring notes.  Go away!

August was MUCH warmer than normal--most days were mid 80's --a far cry from our normal high of mid 70's.  The hottest day was 90 degrees. The coldest night got down to 47 degrees.
There were 23 Sunny Days. We got 2.65 inches of rain--though most of that fell in one day.
There was also a LOT of humidity this month--something we typically don't have. Good for the corn
and tomatoes, but I'll be glad to see it go.

August 1  1 pound Patriots, 2 gallon ziploc of beans---Gave to neighbors
August 2  1 pound BluRays(ours!), 1 pound Patriots-neighbors, 2 gal. ziploc of beans-neighbors

               Onions flopped
               Potatoes starting to collapse
               HORNWORMS on Tomatoes        
               Garden extremely dry. Had to water. Ugh.

August 4  HOT-95 degrees, Still no rain. Gardens are in desperate need of water.  I water the main                      things, but am letting the green beans go.  We're not using any more, they are just about
                  done anyway.
               2 pounds Blueberries, 2 zucchini, 1 pound Mokums,
               Don picked another 2 gallon bag of beans for various neighbors

                PULLED GREEN BEANS
                1 pound Chandlers--very tart this year--they are early, that might be why so tart??
August 6   Watered and watered and watered some more. DRY as toast out there. The lawn is
                 crunchy , and everything is in poor shape.
                Zucchini started back up again.  BluRays and Patriots still going strong. Chandler
                  blueberries are turning but are so sour this year that no one wants to eat them.   ???

August 7   Crookneck squash, zucchini, BluRays,1 pound  Mokum carrots.
                Celery is looking FANTASTIC,  dug three of the stray potatoes--5 pounds Yukons
                First sowing of corn is getting close to being ready. Hooray!
                PULLED COPRAS

August 8   3 pounds CHANDLER blueberries--though not the first batch, it is the first sweet
August 9   1 pound Mokum carrots, 2 Zukes, 1 crookneck
                 Matt's Wild Cherry, SunGold tomatoes continue in dribbles
                 90 degree temps, still no rain.

August 10  Picked the LAST OF THE BLURAYS--2 pounds.  A sad day indeed.
                 2 zucchini , pound of mokum carrots
                 90 degrees and still sunny. Lawn completely dead, trees look terrible, birch shedding

August 11  Sunny, 90 degrees
                 Wild turkeys sitting under our trees--wings held out trying to stay cool.
                 2 crookneck, 2 zucchini, 1 pound Mokums, lots o' cherry tomatoes--Sungold and
                   Matt's Wild Cherry.    Corn getting very close now. Raccoon trap baited, just in case.

August 12   RAIN--1/10th inch  What good is that after all this time?
                  Zucchini x 2 , 1 pound Mokums, 1 pound blueberries
                  BLACKBIRDS FLOCKING UP???  Had HUNDREDS in the yard this morning.
                  Moments after they left--dozens of Robins

August 13  RAIN 4/10th inch
                 Played hooky-Went to Muskegon with neighbors

August 14  Dug first bed of Yukon Golds.  Very nice. 35 pounds
                 Came out to the garden to find a raccoon in the live trap.
                 Best indicator the corn is ready and he was right!!!
                 3 pounds Chandler Blueberries

August 15  CORN !!!!!!!   9 ears. Picture perfect. No corn worms this year-thank goodness!

               Also picked 1 pound Mokums, second bed Yukon Gold potatoes-30 Pounds, 2 gallons                           Broccoli side shoots, 1 green pepper, kohlrabi, and of course zucchini

August 16  1 pound Patriots, 1 pound Mokums, 1 pound mixed cherry toms (SunGold and Matt's)

August 17  RAIN  1.25 inches (all in about an hour. WOW)
                 Corn 6 ears, ACORN SQUASH-1--had to throw away, had something boring in it, 1                            pound SunGold toms, 1 doz Copra onions from the "extra" bed to give to Carol, zucchini

August 18  PUMPKINS--10 nice ones-each about 8-10 pounds,  Pulled vines, Manured area
                  2 pounds Patriot blueberries, 2 pounds carrots, 2 pounds cherry tomatoes, kohlrabi
                 Gave Carol and Jackie large trays of blueberries,carrots,cherry tomatoes, potatoes, onions
August 20  Corn-16 ears--this FINISHED CORN PATCH #1
                 Patriot blueberries 2 pounds
                 Dug third bed Yukons.  Had a rodent chew up quite a few of the potatoes. 25 pounds
August 21  Picked early before leaving for Indiana--I'm taking a box of vegetables for Susan
                   TONS of Kale, yellow crooknecks, 3 green peppers, 3 pounds potatoes, onions

August 21 and 22  Trip to Indiana to bid Lorna a fond farewell and wish her the best as she embarks
                           on her new life in southern Indiana.  What great fun we had. I shall certainly
                            miss her gentle kindness. At least I can still pick on Susan!!    :D
Sweet and petite Susan (L), Lorna, and Me-the Jolly Giant at 5 foot, 6"
August 23  Came home to lots and lots of picking--including--TA DA----1st BRANDYWINE!
August 23  First of the Brandywines!!!!!  
                 Also got a 2 gallon sack o'broccoli, 2 yellow crookneck, 2 pounds Patriot blueberries
                   and a quart of SunGold tomatoes.

August 24  1 quart SunGold tomatoes, 1 pound Mokum carrots, 4 crookneck squash. 6 ears corn
                   from Patch #2

August 25  1 Qt SunGold tomatoes, 1 pound Patriot blueberries, 1 pound Mokum carrots, 1 Celery

August 26  1 Brandywine tomato, 6 ears Corn--Patch #2

August 27  1 pound Patriot blueberries, 3 green peppers, carrots , crookneck squash (4) , 1 qt cherry

August 28  6 ears corn from Patch #2,  3 pounds "stray" potatoes, 2 gallon sack o' broccoli shoots
                Took a tray of Tomatoes, Peppers, and crookneck squash to the neighbors

August 30    Moikum carrots,  first of the fall lettuce, Corn-6 ears for supper

August 31   Dug rest of German Butterball potatoes 10 pounds
                  Pulled Crookneck Squash
                  Gave all the tomatoes a severe cutting back--we only have 2 weeks left before frost
                  Got a load of old straw from Nancy---will put on this years Tomato Patch when empty
                  Put the good pieces of Agribon into garage for the winter, the rest (torn) gets burnt

I've started dumping pots of flowers--and this coming week I need to start bringing in the geraniums for the winter. It's starting to hit the 40's at night.  Houseplants will also come back inside.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

End of the Month Round Up-July

Vegetable Garden July 31, 2016

Flowers amongst the Vegetables

Potatoes and Onions are already starting to "flop"

Wow-another month has come and gone already.  Where does the time go?
Harvests for storage for the year are already completed for garlic, red onions, and broccoli
Green beans are coming in fast and furious. It's a madhouse in the kitchen in the morning with
chopping, blanching, and packing things for the coming winter.
The Vegetable Garden "Explodes" into growth this month

Pumpkins, Sunflowers, and Corn 
Joe Pye, Agastache, Cleome, and Filipendula Rubrus are keeping the Hummingbirds happy on the East Side of the House

Out Front, Monarda, Heliopsis , Daisies, and Autumn Clematis Fill in 

Cart O' Petunias Filling in---wrapped in chicken wire against the deer

New Variety (for me) of Snapdragons---University Mix.  Very happy with them!

Petunias and Juncus in front of the garage
All right---that's pretty much what's going on here.  The following notes are for my reference.
Hope your August is filled with whatever makes you happy.  I'll see you next month for an update.
Happy Gardening!!

July had  19 sunny days. We had 4 inches RAIN   Temps were very warm. We had a very hot streak
   for most of the month--temps in the upper 80's.  Bugs were the worst I've seen in years.

July 1-7   Salads and Sugar Snap peas continue. Best year EVER for peas. I even have stockpiles
               in the refrigerator.  Best method for keeping those peas crisp and delicious--glass
                 refrigerator dishes with tight fitting lids!.  Even 2 weeks after harvest, they remain                            snappy and crisp!

July 1--RAIN--4/10 inch.

July 2-Sowed Row 6 of Mokum carrots and a row of buttercrunch lettuce.

July 6-  Good planning in February, a freezer, and a whole lotta restraint ensured my
             FAVORITE pie -European Truffle-for my birthday celebration.  I am lucky this
              is only available once a year or I would have serious weight issues.
900 calories of EXTREME chocolate!
Why yes-----yes it is!!
July 7--RAIN  7/10ths inch

July 8--RAIN   1/2 inch

July 9--Dahlia "Fleurel" from Longfield Gardens was ready for cutting.  FIrst year buying from them and I am very pleased. An excellent company with great customer service.
Dahlia Fleurel--in a TWO GALLON water can. MONSTER size bloom -a full 11 inches!

July 11--HARVESTED GARLIC--Persian Star and Chesnook Red.  Heads were pretty small.
              I'm a bit disappointed in the size, but I have plenty for the year.

July 12- RAIN -1/2 inch
             Combined with a LOT of heat and humidity, the corn shot up a lot today
Don standing in the corn patch. Second sowing of corn is behind him--about half the height.
 July 13--CUT DOWN SUGAR SNAPS.  I have 2 giant casserole dishes full in the fridge, plus
                   a few random vines left for in-garden snacking.

July 14--BROCCOLI--3 large heads (7-9 inches) ready.  Cut/blanched and in the freezer (7 pints)
             This is "Green Super Broccoli" from Fedco. Best broccoli I've ever grown. Compact
              plants, tight green buds that have held up to high heat. We'll see how side shoot production

 BLUEBERRIES!!!  Roughly 1 pound of the Patriots  They're bigger than last year.

July 15--RAIN  2/10 inch

July 16 -ZUCCHINI  joins the party.  First of the MOKUM CARROTS. 2 More Broccoli. 1 lb                       Blueberries
I also harvested the last of the garlic--the original variety (unknown) and of course, it's the
biggest heads and best quality of all three varieties.  Should have stuck with the original I guess.

Last of the garlic hanging in my "shop"

July 17   RAIN--1/2 inch
             Sowed 1 Row Valentine Mesclun Mix

July 18   Harvested : 2 heads broccoli, a large head romaine, misc lettuce, and a big bunch of Kale
                Not shown are another pound of Blueberries and another zucchini

July 19  Corn shot up from recent rains and is now as tall as me and is starting to send up tassels.
            Green beans flowering heavily

July 20  Harvested 5 heads broccoli (2 given to Carol, plus 6 bags for the freezer), misc mesclun,
               3 zucchini (2 to Carol, 1 for lunch!) and 2 pounds Patriot blueberries (not pictured)
July 21  RAIN  1/4 inch. Hot and humid. Blech.
             Blue Ray blueberries begin. 2 pounds. Size is huge this year. Why?  Taste is outstanding.

July 22  RED ONION harvest--pulled 1/2 of them, roughly 23, hung in garage to dry
            Two heads Broccoli, 1 pound BluRay blueberries, Zucchini
             92 and humid.  Can't say it enough---I HATE SUMMER

July 24  RAIN  2/10 inch
            FIRST OF THE  GREEN PEPPERS--3 large.. That beats last year's first harvest  by a full 3                  weeks!  (Freezer)
          Blueberries now being picked daily --roughly 1 pound a day (Trying to conserve to keep it                   going)


            3 more huge green peppers--freezer
            and of course, blueberries-1 pound

July 26  Blueberries-1 pound
July 27  Blueberries 1 pound
            First cutting of side shoots of broccoli--2  pint bags for the freezer
            Wait for it---------ZUCCHINI. LOL!
            1 Green Pepper for the freezer
            HOT and HUMID.

July 29 GREEN BEANS begin!

            Picked a dishpan FULL--11 pints in the freezer by 9 am!
            RAIN 1/4 inch
            Blueberries-BluRay-1 pound
            Yukon Gold potatoes-3 pounds snitched for Saturday's breakfast and lunch
            2 Kohlrabi

July 30  Green Beans-6 pints for the freezer
             1 green pepper (freezer)
             2 cauliflower
             Broccoli--3 bags (freezer)
             2 pounds blueberries

July 31  Green Beans-9 pints (freezer)  That puts me at 26 pints. I'm quitting with that---I still have
               5 pints left from last summer . This is the earliest I've ever been done.
            2 pounds blueberries
            CROOKNECK SQUASH--1st one