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!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Back Home.....and the Garden Didn't Miss Me At All!


We have just returned home from 3 weeks out in Wyoming. Wow--we saw lots of wildlife, incredible FIELDS full of wildflowers, did a ton of hiking, and yet nothing compares with getting back home.
The garden , which was just "waking up" when we left is in full spring display (even though our spring is at the end of June)
Nepeta Stachys, and not yet blooming daisies and Heliopsis

The potatoes under the Agribon were just poking up when we left and now are 2 foot tall!!

Kale, Onions and a stray potato

The beans, planted the day before we left are up and doing well. Fall carrots were planted July 1 in the center .

Salvia, Achillea and pink spider Dahlia

Corn planted the day before we left. Germination was spotty to say the least

Zinnias along the border of the vegetable garden