Saturday, August 11, 2012

Perseids Meteor Shower

This weekend is your chance to see something awesome -- the Annual Perseids Meteor Shower.  As gardeners we are doing more than growing flowers; we are communing with nature.  That extends to all areas of the earth and sky.
It will be difficult but I plan to set my alarm and get up about 2:00 a.m. to view this spectacular event, one I look forward to every year. I will tilt back my chair, sitting high up on my deck where I have a wide open view of the sky. I am away from city lights this year, so I'm really looking forward to this. Now I just hope  there is no rain with a cloudless sky and then it will be quite fantastic.  Well, worth getting out of bed.

If you are interested in learning more about the Annual Perseids Meteor Shower, go to Enature for the details.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New Daylilies Added to My Garden

I'm so weak.  I might need to start  DLA -- Daylily Lovers Anonymous!  I can't believe I forgot to mention my new daylily purchases. Well, maybe it was an on-purpose oversight. I'm truly embarrassed that I fell off the wagon!
I never intended to add any more daylilies to this new garden.  I had promised my husband when we moved that I would only keep a few of my favorites.  And then the garden got bigger and I moved all 130 plants.  I just couldn't bear to leave them behind.
Last year I rewarded myself with a new daylily called Mary's Baby.  It was a christening of the new garden at my new house. Well of course, along with that purchase came a bonus plant called Gentle Greetings.
Earlier this spring, I "accidentally" found Primal Scream on sale, and along with that came a bonus plant called Without a Doubt.  Now I was up 4 plants!
Then I really caved in and decided to buy a few I had admired for a long time and then that would be it!!!

I ended up getting another good deal, so I bought:

                                                                 Man of Sorrows,

                                                              Picture in Picture,

                                                              Bela Lugosi,

                                                                   Desperado Love,

                                                                and Lavender Blue Baby.
 Once again I totally forgot the generosity of some growers (in this case, New Every Morning Daylily Gardens) and I received

                                                         Seventy Times Seven as a bonus.
Oh no, that's another 6 plants.  Ooops!!
Well, now that just has to be it for me.  A total of 10 new daylilies since I moved in last year. My count is now at 140, and it will just have to stay there.  It really, really, has to -- unless there's another sale I just can't pass up.  Shhhh, don't tell my husband.

The above pictures are not from my garden but are from daylily sites on the web, as my plants are too young to bloom.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Square Foot Gardening Update - August

  It's August already; how did that happen?  And with August comes the start of harvest time.  My Square Foot Garden project has turned out nicely. Things are lush and green and many vegetables are at their peak now, despite the dry summer. We've had a couple of good rainfalls in the last few weeks so that helped a lot.
 The tomatoes got away from me a little bit.  I continually plucked the suckers to promote growth on stronger stems, but I was away a few days and then neglected it a little when I got back.  All of a sudden I realized I had a tomato jungle. Note to self:  Be more vigilant with the tomato vines.

I love the way my pole beans are climbing up my recycled fencing.  We picked some last night for our supper and it was so nice to be able to do it standing up. Next year I will reverse the beans and tomatoes, The tomatoes are climbing on a taller fence section, and they don't need as much height as the beans.

Can you see it?  My first watermelon.  I'm so excited.  Once again my city-girl roots are showing.

Another lesson learned was that the melons take up way more room than we had anticipated.  We already have plans for adjustments to our garden squares.  We are going to add at least two more 4x4 sections. One for a small strawberry patch, and the other plants are to be determined. I'll definitely plant more tomatoes on one of the fence sections. Maybe a few different varieties.   I'd love to can salsa and spaghetti sauce. The melons will be planted farther out where they can stretch out more in a longer 4x8 strip..

We've managed to keep the deer and other critters away with the marigolds and herbs.  We've been using Safer Brand spray for the insects.  So far we are keeping organic.  I'll let you know how that goes as well.

Tomorrow I plan to start drying some herbs.  Can't wait to get to it.

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