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.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Garden Update July 29,2011


The week has been BUSY! We got a call from our neighbor with the donkeys. Leona and friends have been busy making fertilizer for my gardens. It was unexpected. I wasn't planning on it until September-our usual "doo" hauling time, but they've been busy churning out fertilizer, and I NEVER turn down that!


I had to dig like a crazy woman to get the weeds/plants out of this area. I was planning on doing it next month. Amazing how motivated I can get at the thought of free "doo".





Because without "doo", my gardens could NEVER do this on their own. I have sand, and as the ad slogan goes---Pure Michigan!






Now I'm messing with you---the view from my upstairs of that west border I'm working on.



I now have the whole top part dug and ready for planting next spring.




This is to the right





And to the left. And all thats left of that tangle of Aegopodium (Bishops Weed) from the previous owner. I can't do anymore this year---It's so bad, you can't even see that there are LARGE rocks in there. Next spring..................ack!







And in the vegetable garden......we've gotten a crummy 2/10's inch of rain in 2 weeks. The hose has been busy.




The green beans have begun. It started with the Blue Lake, then Contender. I noticed that the Top Crop are ready now too. I've picked for the whole week and have 22 of the 42 pints I'll need for the year already blanched , vacuum-sealed, and in the freezer.






Tons of perennials on the deck (and in pots in the garage and behind the garage!) waiting for the new borders.







The birds have cleaned MOST of the blueberries off the bushes. I finally got them covered.








Don finally got the wagon he wanted for the front of the barn at an auction last week. He drove darn near 30 miles with it on a trailer and was ALMOST home when one of the hubs broke. I felt so bad for him.......but he managed to rig up a brace for the rear axle and it looks okay.



And yes, I'm filling it with flowers next year!



:D




And finally-we got word that the Amish are going to be here in late August or early September to put the addition on the back of the barn. What does this mean? Four more blue tarps available for Sue!!! They've been covering the wood for the addition and will soon be available for more beds and borders.







Have a great weekend! May the rain fall (but not too much) and the sun be warm (but not too much!). I guess all things in moderation (except chocolate!)



:D

26 comments:

  1. Sue, Your gardens are so beautiful but we all know that they didn't get that way without a lot of hard work. This post proves that. Your constant goals and proven success show that you and your husband are dedicated to making your property beautiful.

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  2. Your beds look wonderful, as always! That donkey poop does great things!
    Love the wagon and can't wait to see it filled with blooms!
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. What a sweet donkey face. :)

    How is it that you get Amish folk to do your addition?

    Love that wagon!!

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  4. BackRoadJournal--thank you so very very much. Unfortunately, all that work means OUR backroad adventures get put on hold until October. Luckily, I get to read and see other's trips!
    :)

    Daisy, thanks-you have a great weekend too!
    :)

    Mama Tea-we have a LARGE Amish population in the area--many of them are in carpentry and woodcraft trades. They are also the best barn buuilders/repairers out there. It's just a matter of hunting some down that have a bit of time to spare (and a need for cash!)
    :D

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  5. How nice of Leona to provide such wonderful doo for you. I love the wagon. It is going to be gorgeous when filled with flowers. I am always awe struck looking at your gardens. You are an extraordinary gardener with exceptional talent for making things look beautiful.

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  6. We have a new donkey living somewhere down the hill from us - when the wind is right I can hear him/her singing the donkey song.

    I want to know where the giant lights are - the ones you use when you work all night. I picture you out there 24/7 - your energy seems boundless and I am in awe of your wonderful gardens and all that you accomplish!

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  7. Wow Sue! You are one impressive gardener! It's so picturesque! sp? Anyhoo, In your freetime c'mon down and fix me up, k? I can't wait to see that wagon loaded up! How lucky that you have such wonderful company to barn raise! You know it will be done right too!

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  8. Rae-you're too sweet. Thank you!

    2Tramps-the best part of having these donkeys in the neighborhood is listening to "Donkey Hour"-as we call it. We always know when Larry is out feeding or working with them--they are so boisterous. It's hilarious to listen to and we always smile............

    APG-Free time? What's that??
    And the Amish are some of the hardest workers I have ever seen. Here at 7 am....leave at 5 pm. And all they take is ONE 20 minute break for lunch. Amazing. I certainly wish they ran HughesNet!!
    :)

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  9. If a donkey can make flower/fruit/veggie beds look like yours, I'll take two.

    Thanks for the new desktop wallpaper. I know you publish those gorgeous pictures just for me, and I really appreciate it ;-)

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  10. Oh, Sue, that wagon is going to be beautiful all planted. It will take a lot of flowers!

    I, too, would be happy to get free donkey doo!

    I just finished eating a big handful of the 5-lb contaniner of blueberries DH just bought. I will be freezing them for this winter.

    I am hoping to find some green beans at the farmer's market tomorrow....maybe some summer squash, too. I am hungry for fresh garden veggies!

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  11. So jealous of your green beans. Love seeing the new beds form. I too am having a lot of quality time with the garden hose. Hope you get some rain.

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  12. AG-you always make me smile. I'll send you a bag of "doo" along with the peach geranium!
    :)

    Zoey-sigh-we were so looking forward to the blueberries. We've got to come up with some kind of "cage" to put around those bushes. I love em-but the birds get there first!

    Gardener on SS-I've almost got all the beans I need for the year--I'd share if we were neighbors! I'll do the rain dance for BOTH of us!

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  13. Your gardens are absolutely beautiful! My perennial beds are not looking too good right now. The gardener in charge of tending to them must be out of commission due to the excessive heat!

    Boy, I could use a load or two of that good poo!

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  14. It's all beautiful, and I'm in awe of those carrots! I can't seem to grow them well here at all. LOVE that wagon!

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  15. I can't wait either to see THAT wagon in its glory.and whats miracle grow got that poo doesn't. i wanna give you some of my good news or at least not horrible news. my husband is gonna make it for a while he has a Endocrinetumor [ on his pancreas ] but its the slow growing one like steve Jobs has [ the head of Apple computer ] waiting on a pet scan which will show if it has spread or not or NOT, WOULD BE WONDERFUL NEWS

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  16. I had to laugh when I read your guinea comment over on Hardwork Homestead, I'll never forget my husband getting up at 2:oo in the morning, loading the shotgun and shooting that SOB out of a tree in the dark, she NEVER stopped sqwuaking for her brood...EVER!!! But she was mighty tasty!!!

    BTW...your gardens are fantastic, been a hard year in SE Iowa, too much rain, drought, then too much heat and rain on the days scheduled to mow...nobody said it would be easy!!!

    Have fun with that donkey doo...

    sharon

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  17. Sue, the wagon is wonderful!! I can just see it all planted with your flowers next year. The vegetable garden is really producing for you, I'm ashamed to admit I only have 15 tomatoes and two rows of onions to my credit here.

    Bishop's weed drives me insane, we had some imported on some hostas that were a gift 20 years ago and I'm still battling with the stuff. Almost impossible to eradicate here. We've had a lot of rain, I wish I could send some your way, 3.5 inches again on Thursday afternoon in an hour. We were floating and the skeeters are huge.

    You asked me about the flower pots on the fence posts...Carl put drilled a hole in the top of the post and stuck a steel rod in that sticks up about six inches. I then stick the flower pot on the rod and skewer it on through the drain hole. It works really well, except the fence is in an unsheltered area and the wind really takes a toll on the plants. Plus, I forgot to water them for two days and we hit 90 so right now they look like someone took a blowtorch to them. I hope they recover; I should look into tougher plants to put out there, petunias are a mite too dainty, I guess.

    And how often do I water the containers? I guess not often enough, lol, but as a general rule, once a day and once a week with fertilizer in the water.

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  18. I'm gonna cross stitch a sample for you: WILL WORK FOR DONKEY DOO ;O}

    The wagon planted out in flowers is going to be the end-all in an absolutely gorgeous display. Can't wait to see it.

    So what are the plans for the barn addition? Or is that a silly question? We could fill an addition to anything with "stuff" in a blink of an eye!

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  19. Robin-understandable with your heat! I think you're doing an amazing job despite it. Take care!

    Erin-I think carrots are a North-y thing. We need SOMETHING to counterbalance all the stuff YOU get to grow!!
    :)

    Judy-that's a bit better news, isn't it?! Best of luck!

    Wild Thing---well, you certainly just made ME laugh. How funny. I know a LOT of people had good luck with guineas. I sure didn't. I never thought to eat it. Darn!
    :D

    Karen-thanks so much! I've got this saved for hubby. He'll be rigging me up one to try. And hopefully water!
    :)

    Mama Pea-hooray--you're alive. I saw on your last post you've been busy busy busy. Surprise. Surprise. Surprise.
    :D
    Anywho--the barn addition is so Don gets the snowmobiles out of MY shop area and gets the misc. JUNK a man always seems to collect out of the yard. Bad enough we have 3000 blue tarps strewn over the yard for future flower beds.
    Yea.
    You don't WANT me for a neighbor. Trashy trash!
    :D

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  20. Sue, I just love your garden. You really do have the green thumb. Everything looks beautiful.My birds are enjoying my blueberries too, especially the catbird. And that wagon is wonderful and it looks great. Wonderful photos and post. I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

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  21. Eileen-I miss Catbirds. We had them in IL, not here though. Thanks for the nice comments!

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  22. What a great post!!! Your photos are just lovely!
    I am just loving the tour of blogland tonight! I am so excited to have time to visit some of my favorite blogs...they are all so inspiring and I am NEVER disappointed! I am lucky to see are inspirations that I would never have found had I not found each of the my friends that I see online! Thank you so much for sharing with me/us!
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    `*.¸.*´Glenda/Tootsie
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    (¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•.

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  23. Tootsie-well, I know YOU have sure inspired ME (and a WHOLE BUNCH of others!)--especially considering your short season.

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  24. Sue, you just keep improving on perfection. Love your place and the how your hard work blooms before our eyes!

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  25. Your garden looks just so beautiful! I am so un motivated , I wish I was retired so I had more time to work on my beds!

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  26. Tom-thanks so much. It will never match up to your place, but it keeps me busy and motivated!!

    Anon-be careful what you wish for!
    :)
    Now I don't have time for anything else!!

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