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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Back from the Battle

What battle you ask???? The Battle of the WEEDS of course. Last year they really got away from me so this year i started early. No mulch this year, just a weekly run through the beds with my ‘Hula Hoe’.

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The Early Girls are living up to their name. Today was a pruning day so all the tomatoes look great.

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Our neighbor traded us a Cherokee Purple for some Rutgers. We have never tried this tomato so  stand by.

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Amazingly we are getting carrots this year. We have never been successful with them, so this is another ‘stand-by’. We have been eating lettuce, spinach, and scallions so far. With luck the little bit of corn i planted will be ready for 4th of July.IMG_0371 That’s it behind the squash and cucumbers that are learning to climb the fence i gave them. In the fore ground is zucchini, yellow squash, and then the cuc’s. Behind the corn is butternut squash. As soon as the corn is done pumpkins will go in where they are.

Our day lilies are starting to pick up, especially in the front where the colors are purple (Beatrice’s favorite) and yellow.

IMG_0373 IMG_0374 IMG_0375We bought more this year and they are out in the new meadow. Some are blooming already this year, but we expect most to wait till next year to bloom. Even so, the meadow is really taking shape this year. IMG_0368 I realize that it looks like a bunch of weeds, BUT if you look hard you can see some of the pink and red cosmos. Latest barn project is an extension on the side of the barn to get some equipment under covIMG_0361er before winter.IMG_0360

 

 

 

 

 

 

This will be a pole-barn style lean-to on what was a small patio, so the cement blocks are already there. I’m hoping to finish this next week before the hot weather returns. This past week has been in the 80’s and today only made it to 78F. It’s 65F as i type, so i’m happy to say the A/C is off (no pun intended AC) and the windows are open. So if you don’t hear from me for a while, just check near the barn, or out in the back. I hope everyone is having a good gardening season like we are.

Grenville

13 comments:

Cicero Sings said...

Look at your carrots go! Mine have only the tiniest of leaves just showing. So cool and wet here that only the lawn and the weeds thrive.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Loving all that spinach and lettuce, Grenville.

L. D. Burgus said...

You really work hard to keep a clean garden. I am now seeing buds on my earliest day lilies. You are way ahead of us.

OldBikeRider said...

I will miss being there this 4th of July.

Your garden is looking great, how do you get all that work done and run around the region as well?
Our lettuce that was so pretty and tasted good has bolted from high temps, but we refused to let the deer eat it.

Take care my friends!

Don't unplug your hub said...

The barn extension. That far post. Are you sure it's straight? :-)

Anvilcloud said...

My back hurts just thinking about your weeding. Love your daylilies.

possum said...

Lookin' good, dude!
You are welcome to mosey on down the road a piece and do some weeding down here. Looks like you are doing a good job!
Good luck with the carrots!

Out on the prairie said...

I have grown the cherokee tomatoe lots.It is great, they taught us a lot of agriculutural tips.

Sandra said...

it appears to me you are both keeping really busy. whoo hoo on the veggies and love those wonderful flowers. someone gave me a large zucchini, one only from their garde. since our tomatoes are gone and i have about 30 green tomatoes we picked before we pulled the bushes. I sliced the zucchini, red onion, green tomatoes and a bell pepper last night and fried all together in olive oil for dinner last night. the peppers, onions and maters carmelized and hugged that Z and was sooooo good. I had just the one Z so thought why not combine and it worked

Montanagirl said...

My you guys stay so busy with your yard! You have a nice one, however. Always something to do.

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

Everything looks great! I´ve never heard of those tomatoes before. Over here we now days have old russian sorts that are becoming rather popular. If they could grow tomatoes back in the soviet days those varieties must be good :-) :-)

Good luck with the barn project!
Christer.

Grenville T. Boyd said...

Hi Cicero. Sorry to hear your carrots are small. This is the first time we are even close to sucess.
Thanks L.D. It was the initial attack that was the hard part. Now weeding takes much less time.
OBR, what do you mean you will miss the 4th????? Guess i'll have to eat your corn and ribs.
Both of the posts are twisted slightly Hub. They were out in the wild garden for a year or so till i changed plans. Just another challenge.
AC, you sound like you need a hammock ride for about an hour :-).
Did you say to bring the weeds to your house Possum????
I'm hoping the Cherokee's are as good as they look in the catalogs Steve.
That sounds delicious Sandra. We even grill the zuc's cut lengthwise with a little olive oil and basil.
Thanks for the compliment Mona. You and Marty can come play here any time (dinners included).
Russian tomatoes Christer? Thought they were potatoes and cabbage folks. How are the trains comming????
Grenville

texwisgirl said...

oh, you're the 2nd blogger that i've seen that brags about her hula hoe usage! :)

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