|View from the driveway to the door Aug 23|
Aug 18--Discovered corn stalks torn down in the garden. I'm guessing a coon--simply because the ears
were "husked" neatly on one end, as if the devil was checking if they were done yet. Sigh. I guess I've
lucked out in previous years but now that one coon knows it's there, I'm sure it's not the last I'll see.
Also noticed a nice surprise---a couple of pie pumpkins were ready. These will be my only
pumpkins due to the cold. They were grown in a tub. The Howdens that were planted in
the ground got frosted out June 13 and the replanted ones never matured.
|August 18 Harvested 2 small Sugar Pie pumpkins|
Aug 19--Dug one full bed of Yukon Gems-excellent yields and despite the few I stabbed with my digging
fork--flawless. Gave the Trash man 5 pounds--his bad back made him give up his garden this year . So sad. I hope I never reach that point. Life without a garden--unthinkable.
Aug 20--1/4 inch rain last night
Blueberry harvests continue, though I am not freezing any more. We have plenty.
Picking about a half pound of Mokum carrots daily for fresh eating. Crisp and juicy!
Getting lots of kale and chard still.
Matt's Wild Cherry and Yellow Pear tomatoes trickling in. Not enough to get excited, though
|Kale and Celery bed|
Aug 21--Went out first thing this morning to pick, and was greeted by disaster. The coon (I'm assuming) ripped open all the fabric covering the Patriot blueberries . He tore a large hole at each bush and helped himself to berries. Just yesterday , like an idiot, I thought how nicely the fabric held up this year and that I
could reuse it next year. Jinxed myself on that one. It's in shreds and worse yet, the bushes are fully exposed to the marauding birds now. Guess the Patriots will be done soon.
Aug 22--CORN! Oh yum! Only 4 ears ready-but it's a start!
First Slicer tomato---Jetstar (ugh)
August 23--Harvested 66 of the onions that were toppled over. The rest were left to "mature".
They were huge this year--most of them baseball sized. I let them sit out for the day, and
have moved them to the rack in my "shop" to dry for a few weeks.
|Onion Harvest August 23|
August 25 Received 1/2 inch rain. Humidity is awful!
Racoon (?) returned and destroyed most of the corn. I found 6 large ears he missed, so
brought those in.
August 27--Blueberry harvests starting to slow down. Will go to every other day picking
Don caught a HUGE coon in the live trap. Hopefully that's the only one.
August 28--Spent the afternoon grinding up garden waste for composting.
Dug second bed of Yukon Gems--yields continue to be impressive. No flaws or scab.
Harvesting celery on an 'as needed" basis---using fresh for potato soup base for freezer
Everbearing strawberries putting out a fresh batch of berries. Tasty!
August 29--1/4 Inch Rain
Mini Bell pepper harvests begin. Cute, but too seedy for me
First Brandywine tomato---worth the wait---so ugly and yet so delicious!!
|1st Brandywine. Incredibly tasty!|
August 30-- Rain--and even some thunder --1/4 inch this morning, 3/10 inch this evening
I found four more ears of corn that the coon didn't get--Hooray. Sure is tasty!
August 31--Surprise visit from friends Pat and Lorna of Goshen, Indiana.
|Pat and Lorna are celebrating 52 years together. They are so sweet and still so in love--a true joy to be around.|
End of the Month Summary--Rain--an incredible 5.05 inches. Everything LUSH and beautiful.
Hottest day--August 10--82 degrees
Coldest--the 15th and the 28th hit lows of 37 degrees
17 sunny days
14 ears of corn this year (better than LAST years 12 ears)
Green beans, potatoes, garlic,and onions are stored for the year
Still have to do carrots and apples for storage
Chandler blueberries still producing, Patriots left for birds, BlueRays
have been pruned up
There's still mokum carrots,kale and chard producing like crazy
2 Hearts of Gold canteloupe on vine--don't know if they will ripen in time
|Cleome on the east side of the house|