|Overview of Vegetable Garden July 1, 2016|
Well, I had full intentions of breaking down my notes into two posts this month, but who has time??
So---I will put up pictures of what's been going on this month and you can disregard the notes, as it's just for my records--not an attempt to induce a nap......though, really, at this time of year , who couldn't use a nap???? So---pictures first and then boring notes for ME afterward!
Have a great month, everyone.
|New Asparagus beds, plus potatoes, onions , green beans and cole crops under Agribon fabric tents|
|An excellent year for the green beans--perfect germination|
|It's been a terrific year for the Foxglove and of course, Stachys|
|New Asparagus bed--Jersey Knight from Nourse Farms|
|Pumpkins and Sweet Corn|
|Zinnia Border in the Vegetable Garden|
|Taters and Onions Doing Well so Far|
|Delphinium in West Border opened on the last day of June!|
|Foxglove and Feverfew|
|Sidewalk Border from Back Door|
All right--That's all.
It's time for MY notes to self.
Have a great July everyone
June had 22 days of sun. We got a total of 2.6 inches of Rain. Our warmest day:June 19, it reached 86 degrees. Our coldest night was June 8--it was 36 degrees.
NO frost this month. That's the first time in 9 years of living here. It got close, but didn't. Weird.
June 1--Locked unplanted flowers in the garage so we could have a day "off". No one can hear their muffled cries for water in there. So good to have a day free from the constant watering.
June 2 Planted East border of the house
Sowed third row Mokum Carrots
Watered and Fertilized Barrels out by road
Green Beans popping up
June 3--Planted: Five Dahlias
Crookneck Squash (2)
Zinnia Zahara Starlight Rose along sidewalk started to bloom : Supposed to look like this--
Instead--it looks like THIS:
The alyssum along the sidewalk was supposed to be a mix of purple, lavender, and white.
The only color appearing is white.
I am LIVID over this. I wasted how much in SEEDS and potting mix and running my
grow lights. ARGH!
NOTE TO SELF:--Next year BUY flats of Zinnia Starlight Rose and Alyssum IN BLOOM
June 4--Planted Six Dahlias, 2 flats mixed annuals, 1 dozen sweet potato plants, 5 leftover Russet
potatoes that sprouted in the pantry, another 6 celery, and 2 Hearts of Gold Melon
and a partridge in a pear tree. Not really. Just seeing if you fell asleep yet.
June 5-Planted up Cart in front of barn that hubby made for me
The big news of the day: RAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1/2 inch.
|"Splurged" on the branded petunias--hopefully this will fill out to become a cascade of pink and white.|
June 6-Planted one flat Giant Yellow Zinnias (thanks, Daisy!!)
one flat White zinnia short variety
one 9 pk Phlox Moody Blues
Last tomato-Prudens Purple (had to rip out spinach--it bolted)
2 bush cucumbers
6 pack Cosmos Sonata
Mowed the lawn--Bah! Reason #34,236 summer is my least favorite time of year.
June 7--High temp of 52 degrees, Low of 36 Tomatoes, Peppers, and Sweet Potatoes need sweaters!
A 1/10 inch rain. Whoop-de-do
June 8-Asparagus (Jersey Knight) arrived from Nourse Farms. Followed their extremely clear
directions for planting. I've never seen asparagus roots before, but these looked SO
thick and healthy. Also received a Nelson Blueberry bush--a late season producer
with (supposed) EXCELLENT flavor and freezing qualities--will hold until tomorrow
FROST WARNINGS issued for tonight. Covered 1/2 the garden. The rest is on it's own
June 9--No frost--thank goodness. Low only hit 36, thanks to some late cloud cover.
Replanted all the Zinnia Starlight Rose along the sidewalk. I was lucky to find a flat leftover
at the local (47 miles away!) nursery.
Planted Nelson Blueberry bush from Nourse Farms--mulched heavily with Pine needles
Planted 2 more flats of flowers.
Still cutting lettuce every other day---enough for two HUGE salads. Still not tired of it! : )
June 11--Starting to Bloom: Clematis, Columbine, Wisteria, Peach poppies, and Nepeta
|Clematis this year was amazing|
|Wisteria by the Blueberry patch|
June 11-- 1/2 inch rain last night---much needed. I was just about to drag out the hose (my arch nemesis!) Saved again! The hose continues to gather dust!
Planted Second patch of Ambrosia Sweet Corn
Planted 4th row of Mokum Carrots
And with that I am FINISHED PLANTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 12-15 Trip to Dubuque, IA to rest up from a very busy month!
|Relaxing after a tough few weeks of planting---Kent, Illinois|
Arrived home to find the deer had breached my ugly fence barricade. Mowed down all my phlox,
sunflowers, daisies, asters and rudbeckia. Will spend my first full day home trying to figure out
a new plan. It may involve a shotgun.
Also---BEETLES INVADE--every kind you can imagine. Japanese, Colorado Potato, etc etc.
RAIN!! 1/2 inch , and while appreciated---PLEASE SEND MORE!
June 16-21 Clean-up of my stall--washed about 58,000 pots and flats to put back in storage
June 21--Sowed 5th row Mokum carrots.
Finding lots of Colorado potato beetle eggs on uncovered potatoes--I check every other day
Salads continue--a huge bowl cut every other day. Spinach has bolted. Radishes are
beautiful now, thanks to advice from blogger Margaret about keeping them from being
shaded. Thanks, Margaret!
June 22--Secured the west border from the deer--so they went to the barn and ate all the
outrageously expensive branded petunias in the grape cart. Getting harder not to curse!
June 23--The hose makes an appearance. My least favorite thing in the world---watering---but
we are so dry that I simply must . Drats. And I'm actually "thinking" much worse.
I try to be a lady just in case Mama Pea is actually READING THIS. She does
that sometimes. I wouldn't want to offend her delicate nature.
June 24-FIRST OF THE SUGAR SNAP PEAS . Crisp, delicious. They don't make it to the house.
Hubby doesn't eat them. I snack on them while I'm in the garden-one big handful every day.
June 26,--RAIN!!!!! 9/10 inch rain---so badly needed. Most if it just ran off, as the soil is so dry
it's actually repelling water. The weeds in the aisles sure took off though!
June 28--Continuing fight with Potato Beetles--but I do seem to be keeping up with it.
Salads continue--still getting LARGE bowl full every other day--but I miss the spinach
Jun 30--Garden has hit it's "boring" stage, with just slight maintenance daily--plucking the
occasional weed or bug while having my morning coffee. Nice! I have my days back.
Celebrated with not only our usual 3 mile walk, but also a 10 mile bike ride. I'm
going to sleep pretty good tonight, I think!