July Garden

We have almost fully recovered from our week at the fair.  Getting back to a more familiar routine seems to help get a large chunk of items knocked off the to-do list.  
So far this year, our garden has been very productive.  There have been only a couple of failures with plantings.  I let the greenhouse go to hell.  Not a hard thing to do with the sizzling temperatures we’ve had this year.  I’m planning on letting the chickens have their way with it this fall and winter.  The beds could use a rest and a healthy dose of chicken 12-12-12.
Last year our cucumbers were a total failure.  I made the mistake of over planting this year in hopes of getting at least a hand full.  The same could be said for our tomatoes of last year.  I had around eighty plants that didn’t offer much for us to can.  This year I planted around seventy plants of several different varieties.  They have been coming in nicely.  The hot dry weather and a soaker hose seem to be the right formula for a bumper crop.

The last of the cabbage was brought in last night.  I have several beds that get a good amount of shade for most of the day.  They seem to be fit for some of the stock that prefers a little cooler digs.

Theresa has been canning her can off.  16 pints of salsa last night and a mess of pickles.  She says she pickled three times the beets we did last year.  The sweet corn is coming in for canning/freezing and feasting.  Fresh sliced tomatoes, sweet corn and a b.l.t.  That is my idea of a complete summer time dinner.



  1. Ron said,

    July 24, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Looking good! The dry weather certainly helps out with the fungal issues… none of those this year.I keep trying to get motivated to plant for Fall, but I'm not quite there yet.

  2. Woody said,

    July 24, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I'm with you on the no motivation front. It's hard to think about planting anything when it is 105 and bone dry.

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