It's been a busy week. I finished clearing another section on the west side of the house. The neighbors are probably celebrating the removal of another blue tarp from our yard.
Not to worry, though. There are still like TEN of them distributed around the place.
The sheet mulching on the southwest corner of the house was a disaster. Those orange lilies broke through 8" of donkey doo and several thick layers of cardboard like it wasn't even there.
My quest for an orange-free garden goes bust yet again! And the shovel is going to be busy. Again!
The Delphiniums in the front have FINALLY been tied to the stakes that I had put in early in the season. Took a whopping 10 minutes. So, why did I WAIT UNTIL HALF THE FLOWER STALKS BROKE??????????????????? Note to self: stop being a procrastinator!!
Into the vegetable garden we go............................................
Canteloupe (bottom right of photo) is not liking the cooler weather. Next week is supposed to be hot, though, so perhaps I'll get some growth out of it then.
The Howden pumpkin IS doing well though. Of course, don't pumpkins ALWAYS try to take over everything?
Blueberries are just starting to show the slightest tinge of blue. Won't be long now. The sunflowers on the west border are now about four feet tall. North side flower border is filling in well.
I can't believe how much I love the covered beds. No pest problems at all. The garden looks a bit "silly", but so what. Gives Cranky Dolores (neighbor) something else to make snide remarks about.
The broccoli looks like it should all be ready this weekend. I sure hope so as it is supposed to get really hot next week. I'd hate for it to bolt.
The garlic should be pulled next week. It shares a bed with the Fast Break Melon, which is just starting to really take off.
I cut the first kohlrabi on the 14th. That's kind of late, but Don said it was very good-not woody at all. I don't know why they seemed to have been so "leafy". Too much nitrogen?
Picked the final 9x13 cake pan full of strawberries on July 12, giving me a FULL 3 week harvest of almost 75 quarts. Yes. You read that right. We had pie every day, the freezer is stuffed, the neighbors each got 6 quarts. If I never see a berry again, I'll be happy. Well, until next year at least.
I sowed 9-packs of Green Goliath Broccoli, Silver Cup 40 Cauliflower, Baby's Leaf Spinach, and Buttercrunch Lettuce on Thursday for fall crops . Hard to believe I only have about 6 weeks left until the first frost.
Rainfall-a scant 1/4 " on July 11. That brings us up to 3/4" for the month. Thank goodness for mulch.