August Garden

August is a busy month, I’ve been working on cleaning the backyard and hauling loads of woods and trash left by the previous owners to the landfill, and still have a few more loads to do. The backyard used to be the dumping ground for them and in time I’m sure it will break down and become part of the land but I certainly couldn’t sit and watch it happens.

The ducks and chicken love their new home.

The okras are doing very well this year, the plants are over 5 foot tall and bearing plenty of pods. They grow so fast and I have to harvest almost every other day. I only get to see the flowers open on the weekend, not that they don’t open on the weekday. The flowers open during the daytime while I’m at work, so by evening they already close.

When I visited the farmer’s market they harvested them very young, even smaller than the one below. I think this is a good size for me.

I missed several days of harvesting and the pods are too old, I’ll have to save these for next year’s seeds.

It’s at the end of the season for the cucumbers, it doesn’t look pretty now and the plants are drying out.

If Bo doesn’t take the ripe cucumbers for the ducks and chicken first, I’m saving them for next year seeds.

The Asian long string bean seems to be doing well in this area, Bo’s mom gave me 1 plant and it’s thriving. I will have to plant more next year and have a few seed pods left.

My watermelon is not doing well. I was looking forward to seeing this one grow and the end rotten several weeks back. I’m not sure if we had too much rain in our area. I have a few that’s a good size and they split open in the center. I will have to learn more about growing watermelons.

I have high hope for this one and hope to be able to harvest soon.

The peppers are doing well and have plenty. I will have to start harvesting them and freeze them for the winter.

I have a new addition to my garden, it’s called Duranta Erecta (sapphire Showers) and will grow 10 to 15 feet tall.

I stopped by the farmer’s market several weeks back and have never seen one like it before, the selling told me it was a butterfly bush and I paid $25 for it. The photo below was taken by my sister with her cell phone. It’s an evergreen plant with dark blue flowers edged in white and the yellow to orange fruit in summer and fall. The plant attracts hummingbirds. It’s fast growing, so can’t wait to see its beauty.

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Weeds Love My Garden

I’m beginning to wonder if the weeds loved my garden more than me, I spent my evening weeding and when I came across this one the answer is clear.

The blueberries are thriving amongst the weed. This is the first year that the birds left me some berries and it’s delicious freshly picked from the bush. I’m planning to plant a few more in the Fall.

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I hope to see a few watermelons this year, they do take up a lot of space and this location used to be the old garden where the previous owner used to plant corn. This might be my first and last year planting them unless I plant them on a trellis and it’ll take up less space. The melons are heavy and I’m not sure how this will work.

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The lemongrass is doing well.

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I love cucumbers and will definitely plant more next year.

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Gardening in June

It’s very dry in our area, my garden is thriving in the summer heat. The past weekend was in the 90s, I normally drink plenty of water to stay hydrate while working in the garden. I’m happy to say that the fence is done._MG_4976

After moving out to the country I told myself that I want a country garden, rows and rows of vegetables and the freedom to plant where ever I want. We had plenty of rainfalls the past months and the rainwater washed most of my garden soil to the lower part of the garden. I don’t know why I didn’t see this coming.

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I’m back to the box garden again, I didn’t want one too high and decided to go with a 4×4 post. The one above is metal and it’s too expensive to use for the whole garden and I actually like the wooden look below better.

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I use leaves compost at the lower part of the planting bed to help stop the water from carrying the soil away. I have plenty of leaves in my yard and won’t need to buy compost for the garden.

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Just a few days of raised planting beds made a huge improvement, the plants are growing faster despite the dry summer heat.

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I picked a few bell peppers last week, and this one is ready for picking.

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The snow peas are climbing the trellis.

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Lemongrass

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I have plenty of the blue lake bush beans.

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I have to put net/fence wire over the watermelon plants, they looked like weeds and I kept stepping on them. I’m looking forward to seeing them grow.

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This is how dry my garden is, the dirt cracked and the scary part is to see the snake in my garden. I feel like I’m gardening in the desert.

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I have to work on my tomato planting skill, these plants are skinny and tall and not bushy like most tomato plants that I have seen in magazine.

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I think anybody can have a greenthumb planting peppers, they practically care for themselves.

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The Trumpet Vines grow in the wild and I was surprised to see them in Lowes for $19.98. I like it so much and bought one to see how it will do in my garden. I might add a few more to the back of the garden.

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The butterfly bushes are growing fast, but so far I have not seen the butterfly yet.

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I didn’t think this poinsettia made it through the winter and was kind of surprised to see the greenleaves. I’m planting it in a pot so I could bring it inside this winter.

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