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.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Mid Month Garden Update

Missing from the Picture is my gorgeous pink Hollyhocks and Blue and White Delphiniums. Thanks deer!


Lots of things going on in the garden right now so I needed to post a mid-month update for my records.


July 2--Morning low of 38 degrees, I love it.Tomatoes, Melons, Pumpkins and Peppers do not.

July 6  --Second cutting of Broccoli--3 pints for the freezer

July 7  --First rain of the month--a real gully-washer of 1.1 inches. Much needed , but came
                        down so fast and furious, most of it ran off my dry as toast sandy soil.

July 10--Super Sugar Snap peas begin bearing heavily.  Chipmunks ravaging them. Set traps.


July 13--Harvested 23 Chesnok Red Garlic and 18 Persian Star Garlic
              Not sure if this is the right size of them--first year growing both varieties
              Rain--  ..95 inches

July 15--Deer mowed down ALL hollyhocks and phlox up by the house and broke all the Delphiniums that had just started blooming.  Erected hideous (!!!) temporary fence around
house to see if that helps. If it does, we'll have to find some affordable (ha ha) fence that isn't quite
so hideous (!!!!)

July  17--  .10" rain

July 18--First 90 degree day--and a reminder of how much I despise summer --heat/bugs/humidity
               .05" Rain



Chesnok Red and Persian Star Garlic

2 heads broccoli plus lots of side shoots and starting to thin the Mokum carrots


Copra Onions
Pumpkin finally starting to grow


Started Work on the expansion of our Blueberry Patch

Tub O' Mint

Green Beans starting to really fill out

Delphiniums by the Compost pile
Pink Spider Dahlia

Roses

Heliopsis

A Peck O' Purple Poppies

Ditch Lilies in front of the Barn
Sidewalk Bed continues to fill in

Hope the summer has been going well for everyone. Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy Gardening!!

40 comments:

  1. Your garden is looking stunning!

    Love your stone house btw :)

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    1. Thanks, Dani. Just wish they hadn't added on an ugly addition.
      :(

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  2. I really enjoy seeing you perennial beds - so neat and organized, but still overflowing with wonderful flowers and greenery. I aspire to have borders like that...someday.

    Your blueberry patch looks like my hilltop (cardboard & mulch everywhere), only much, much neater. I'm still plugging away at it, but I have to come in every hour or so as we are under a heat advisory at the moment - today it's 88F but with the humidity it feels like 104F - yuck!

    You are right to laugh - I can't believe what they charge for fencing these days...and that's for the ugly stuff!

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    1. Margaret, my goodness, be careful out there in those temps. Too hot for so much work. Think---lounging in a chair with a glass of ?????
      LOL!

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  3. Sorry the critters are messing with your garden. :-( It sure is a beautiful garden though!!

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  4. Dear Lady of the Gorgeous Gardens, do you over-winter your mint in the tub?

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    1. Dear Gorgeous Lady of the Tundra Gorgeous Gardens---yes--I do overwinter in the tub.
      And for a backup, I always hack off a hunk to take in the house in case it's a bad winter.
      You know---here in the north. Ha. Haha. Hahahahahahahhaa

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  5. Love your garden and I too love the stone on your home.

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    1. Thanks so much--II appreciate your visit! Have a great day.

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  6. Gorgeous flowers you have. Your garden is looking so lush and abundant. I have given up for the summer. It's so hot, I don't even want to go out in the evenings to work on it. Ugh.

    Enjoy your bounty!

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    1. Hi Daisy---we finally had a hot day yesterday---I'm hoping that will help the heat lovers. Me? I'm writing from a hotel room---LOL! I am NOT a heat lover.

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  7. It's a shame when insects or animals spoil a garden, but yours is gorgeous!

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    1. Linda--seems this year is the year of the deer. Haven't had much bug problems. I'm sure that's NEXT year-ha ha.

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  8. Of course I love everything about your garden but I have a total crush on the galvanized buckets of mint! For gardenia always so inspiring to me!

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    1. Hi Tonya
      I have about 100 galvanized or rusty tubs, etc. for the garden. I swap em in and out over the years. It's a great excuse to go "junking"---I might find another one.
      Have a wonderful week

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    2. Um sorry about the typos..LOL It was suppose to say "Your garden is always so inspiring"

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  9. Sue, yeah, you know my strawberry story with the deer. Fortunately, I have a free source of six foot wooden fence tear outs by a fencing company that piles up the eight foot panels for public use. They are free and made from cedar. They aren't in the best of shape but given enough panels good ones can be engineered. I'm four panels short of completely fencing in my 60 X 60 foot garden area. That will keep the deer out of the garden but raccoons are another story. One step at a time. Big fence first that solution for the climbers and diggers. Each wild life animal has a set of skills different then the other. Ha, some day I might end up with a closed in area that is secure from above head to below the ground and all sides. It's called a terrarium, except mine would be screened instead of glass enclosed. Nah, maybe not.

    Have a great northern Michigan garden day.

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    1. David-how fortunate you are to have a great source of fencing materials AND the ability to "remake" them as needed. I certainly hope this ends the midnight raids. Best of luck!

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  10. I love gazing at your garden. I tried delphiniums again this year and they only did so-so, too hot and no rain. I don't have to contend with deer, thank goodness...but we just have no water this year and I've had to be so conservative....I don't like it one bit! Keep sending us lovely pictures to remind me what I can do when the rains finally do come.

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    1. Lynda, I certainly hope your rain woes end soon. It's hard to play "god" with the watering.
      Your garden has always been a source of wonderful things and will hopefully get it's full dose of the good rains soon.

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  11. Those deer!!! Not good. Sorry you lost some plants. Everything else seems to be happy. Hard to imagine 36 degrees now that we've been over 100. So, yes, I have tomatoes. I'd share if I could.
    Those Delphiniums are the bluest I've ever seen. Wow!
    Hope you get the fence figured out and enjoy those veggies.

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    1. GonSS-My silly point and shoot camera doesn't do those delphs justice--they are the deepest blue I've ever seen. Oh, to be a talented photographer.
      Thanks for the visit. Have a wonderful week

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  12. Hello Sue, other than the chipmunks and deer damage, your gardens are looking beautiful. We have an ugly fence around our coneflowers, otherwise the groundhogs mow them down. I love the shot with the ditch lilies in front of the barn! and I love the purple poppies. Have a great week ahead!

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    1. Hi Eileen--thanks so much. You have a great week too!

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  13. 38 would be far too hot for me too. Out plants are desparate for some rain.

    Hope that the fence worfs.

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  14. Good looking garden with beautiful flowers...

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    1. Thanks, Weekend-Windup--I appreciate your visit
      :)

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  15. Your tub-o-mint makes me smile. I made a raised bed out of an old watering tub we had and it has been the best raised bed we've ever had. Amazing. I wish I could find a bunch of them somewhere cheap!

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    1. Hey Bill--They do make great raised beds. That mint has never been watered and it's doing fantastic--healthiest I've ever grown. I'd snicker and say mint is pretty foolproof, except that yup-I've killed that too. LOL!

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  16. All looking good except for the deer invasion. It's been a great growing season here for my flower gardens & the local corn & soybean farmers are all smiling as well...:)

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    1. Well, Mr T---you know what a sucker I am for garden photos---how about a few on your blog?
      Hope your summer is going well.

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  17. Your gardens are looking great in spite of some things being eaten by the deer. I hope your fence idea works. Your garlic looks good to me. I have hard neck that was planted by my mother-in-law when she lived here. I need to be getting it into the basement. For some reason, I can't grow onions anymore. They do not mature. Thanks for stopping by my WW post. Yes, it is fun to see where things get planted by nature. I am excited that our granddaughter likes to be around the flowers.

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    1. Thank you, Sue!
      I certainly hope you do a post in the future with your granddaughter helping you. That will be exciting to see.

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  18. This blog is in my "follow" list. I even stole a picture from it, with a link to where it came from. I have been trying to comment before but was not allowed.

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    1. Thanks. Here is the stolen photo. http://kootenaygarden.blogspot.ca/2013/05/vision-meets-reality-rusty-nails-and.html

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  19. What wonderful photos of your glorious veg and flowers! Thanks for sharing!

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