Wednesday, August 1, 2012
July-- End of the Month Roundup
August 1st ????
July is over with and I'm glad. What a lousy month, weatherwise.
We had 12 days in the 90's---our average high is supposed to be upper 70's.
We had 5 days in the upper 80's.
Rainfall totals look REALLY impressive for the month, until you consider how it fell. We had a bad drought all month-rain came at the very start and very end of the month. NOTHING in between. Bad news with sandy soil.
Total July rainfall: 5.3"
Lawn in many parts has still not recovered. It is a sea of brown.
Harvests for the month included
Blueberries--the whole month
Green beans started July 16
Cukes starting 7/23
Harvested all onions 7/24
Celery starting 7/30
And the biggest news (and smallest harvest)
Only one ear so far was ready. I split it with Hubby . I'm not going to say it was GREAT, but for up north, it was pretty tasty. There's a lot out there--it's just not quite done.
Still waiting on tomatoes and peppers. The brandywine is not cranking out many. The yellow pear is loaded--they're just not ripening. The beefsteak is loaded with green tomatoes. And the Rutgers in the 99 cent garden are quite loaded with tomatoes. They're just NOT ripening. Sigh.
Though harvests have been spotty and small, that's expected this year because of travels.
I did get all the onions and garlic I need for the next year.
Potatoes are being harvested on an "as-needed" basis until the cellar cools down . I hope to have enough of those for the winter. You never know with taters until it's time to dig.
I'll have enough green beans, broccoli, celery, and herbs for the year also.
The carrot harvest is enough for fresh eating but not enough for storage.
There was no cauliflower this year to freeze--it bolted in the heat.
There was only enough blueberries for fresh eating--about 2 cups a day.
There are no pumpkins this year.
There will be NO peaches/apples/grapes this fall due to early warm up and hard freeze after that this crazy crazy spring.
Tomatoes and peppers LOOK like they'll be sufficient. Unless disaster hits. It's too early to tell.
I've got TONS of melons forming and also butternut squash to use as "trade" with neighbors.
And the corn, (Please Hurry!!), looks like a good batch too.
So, the weather has been atrocious for me, but okay for the garden.
The perennial beds have been a disaster this year--the deer continue their rampage.
I miss having all my pots/tubs/and barrels of annuals, but travel in June and also coming up this fall meant I couldn't have them.
So, it's a flower-less year.
But, drumroll please, there is always----
And THAT thought keeps me going.......
Have a wonderful week................