|Explosive growth in the vegetable garden this month despite a June 13 frost|
Rains were scarce the first two weeks.......but after that--plentiful! (I bought a hose June 15--a sure cure for a drought and I haven't used it yet at month's end)
June 1-7 .05" (June 2) We also did not get our yearly June 4 or so frost. Yay!
June 8-14 .10 " (June 11)
June 15-21 1.65"
June 22-28 1.20"
June 29/30 .25"
Total for June---3.25"
Temps for the month were average, but we had TONS of humidity--something we never have.
June 4--Planted the Fushia Dahlias (6) in the vegetable garden.
First Picking of Lettuce and Spinach--best greens I've ever grown, Just beautiful.....
and on THAT note:
First sown rows of all carrots mostly gone now. STILL cannot find the culprit--but I do
know he/she/it/they eat A LOT! Also, ALL cauliflower GONE, most broccoli, and
2 rows of kohlrabi. IT also likes Kale. WHAT IS IT???? And why can't I find it????
|My evil plan to "distract" the culprit by interplanting the cauliflower with lettuce failed miserably. "It" likes cauliflower better--left all the lettuce. Well, at least I have plenty of lettuce this year.|
June 5 --Took a "Girls Day" out to go to Birch Run with Crotchety Dolores. She lived up to her name.
June 6 Sowed Green Beans (bush- Blue Lake 274) and a third row of Mokum carrots
Planted Ravenna grass and Fillipendula 'Venusta' in front of big window. Hubby won't let me have curtains, so this is my sneaky way of getting the privacy and sun blockage I need while letting him think he won. Ha!
June 7 Planted: Howden and Small Sugar Pie pumpkins
Patty Pan, Acorn, and Butternut squash
Melon--Hearts of Gold and Golden Gopher muskmelon
Table Princess Acorn squash
10 Mini Bell Peppers
Pumpkin on a Stick
lots of parsley, basil, rosemary, chives
more petunias, zahara zinnias, and Cosmos Sonata
Jun 8 Andy brought the bees today--hooray! My bumblebees cannot keep up with all the blueberry
bushes in bloom
June 13 Green Beans popping up
Lettuce and Spinach still abundant
Corn now starting to "disappear". Still cannot find the culprit
And--though I don't believe in superstitions, this Friday the 13th brought bad luck---
The phone company had to dig a new line. Right through my newly finished section of
the west border. What a disaster. They were good about it--they hand-dug the trench
sparing me the mess of their big equipment doing it, but criminey, it's still a disaster.
AND--- Daytime high ---52 degrees. They're calling for frost tonight. Friday. The 13th. Of June. Sigh. Covering whatever I can cover and hoping for the best.
June 14 !!!!! FROST LAST NIGHT !!!!!!!!!! Latest "last frost" I've seen since moving here. And I thought our regular average of June 4 was bad. ARGH Lost all squash and pumpkins. Glad I had a few extras in the garage-will replant this week. A few potatoes got hit. Tomatoes , peppers and beans fine. How on earth does that happen????????
June 17 Strawerries begin--but did not get more than a handful until the following week when I got my first big panful (June 25). Even a few Cabots are turning, though they are a "late" berry. The size of them never ceases to amaze me.
|Freakishly Large (even for a Cabot!) Strawberry--that's an apricot on the right for size comparison|
June 21 Start of the invasion of the potato beetles, plus Japanese and Cucumber beetles. Ugh.
June 26 Sugar Snap Peas begin
June 29 Planted the rest of the Dahlias---in the vegetable garden. Deer eating flowers by house. Sigh.
June 29--10:47 a.m.- Tired of summer. Heat. Humidity. Bugs. What were the good points again?????
|I finally got the regular Foxglove to bloom from seed. I'm so glad I kept trying.....it's gorgeous.|
|My original yellow Foxglove from seed are blooming nicely as well.|
|The salad greens have never been better.|
|Corn and sunflowers|
|A view from the blueberries toward the veg garden|
|Green beans and the pathetic remains of the originally sown carrots|
|The carrots (Mokum) in another bed fared better with the slugs|
|Major Wheeler honeysuckle in full bloom|
|Onions and potatoes doing very well|
|New tub planter picked up on our last trip to Dubuque|
|View of the west side of the house. Deer enjoying this immensely!|
|View from the back door. Loving that salvia--and so do the bees!|