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Friday, August 7, 2015

It's Hot

Dog days of summer for sure at Garden on Sherlock Street.
It's hot.  We have had some rains which is why the scene in my first photo is possible.  I spend most of my garden time filling buckets from the rain barrels to water the vegetable garden and the containers.


Picking tomatoes and patty pan squash.  Oddly, I have no zucchini.  The plants look good, but they haven't made any thing yet.  Watching some cantaloupe grow and hoping the peppers pick up the pace soon.

The below plant combination has become my favorite this year.  A purple leafed sweet potato vine with some hot pink vincas.


6 comments:

  1. Envious of your tomatoes...........but not of those temps!
    I wonder what the problem is with the zuchinni? I'm having that with some canteloupe. It put out lots of flowers, but it doesn't form anything. I know there are plenty of bees out there. Strange.
    Well, stay cool. I suppose early mornings would be best to haul that water.

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    1. Still no zuchinni. So weird. Dug carrots today. Some of them were huge! I work from 6 am to 2 pm, so most days, my water hauling is in the afternoon or early evening when it is hot. Oh well. I go in and out of the house often and get something to drink along with the plants.

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  2. I love the sweet potato vine and vinca together. Very pretty. I saw patty pan squash at the farmer's market this week. I've never tried it - how do you prepare yours? Wishing you a nice weekend.

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    1. We use the patty pan squash the same way we use yellow squash or zucchini. Sometimes, I just microwave pieces of it and add some garlic salt. We also like to cut it in slices an grill it with some olive oil.

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  3. GonSS, amazingly the temperatures have been unseasonably cool here in Nebraska. The days have been running mostly in the 80s and the nights in the 60s. I'm not sure what's up with that but again this year the tomatoes are slow to ripen. There's a slow trickle but not the usual flush of tomatoes that's usually happening right now. I suppose it's because of the night time temperatures in the 60s. I'm glad to see that you are getting some rain to fill your barrels. My rain water tank has been full the entire year so far. Even with watering the garden the rains have been often enough to keep the tank full. The onions look to be the best I've ever grown this year. I will probably harvest them soon. The tops are all bent over but still green. I'm waiting a few more days until they start drying up. The potatoes are beginning their drying process and will be dug up soon as well. The sweet corn is a total loss due to the raccoons again this year but I'm determine to get the fence completed that I've been working on for three years. I'm down to only three eight foot panels left. Next year I might just have a bite of the coveted sweet corn that I've trying to get for so long. When school gets back in session, I'll have a bit more time to work on garden fencing. Tracking after a 10 year old grandson this summer and trying to keep busy with activity has cut into my garden construction time. So there is hope that the fence will be completed and the area for next years corn crop with be ready for planting next year. Slowly but surely Terra Nova Gardens is becoming a garden.

    Have a great day harvesting in the garden.

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    1. Lucky you on the temperatures. Those coons! They've never learned to share. A 10 year old will certainly keep you running! Always enjoy your projects in and out of the garden. Be well!

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