Still not really hot here yet. It's 82 but with a nice breeze, and that's
warmest it has been all month. The first two weeks of July were the
coolest on record. There has been a lot of rain in the past two weeks,
but it was generally a dry spring.
The combination of unhelpful weather and my general lack of energy
from the Lyme Disease has meant that my garden is in pretty poor
shape. I finally got some beans in after we had some men come and
dig fencing in below the ground to protect the vegetable garden. The
peas I planted never came up, nor did the three packets of squash, two
of sunflowers, and two of cucumbers. I did find piles of seed hulls on
the ground around the chipmunk holes, so I'm pretty sure I know why.
Chipmunks have pretty much destroyed a lot of my container garden, too.
Seeds I had started indoors in peat pots or plugs were broken off or
pulled up when I put them out. And though I have spent a fortune on
deer repellent sprays, certain things have been eaten. I have one rather
large bed of Japanese anemones that have been completely topped even
though they had been sprayed regularly. In other words, I don't have
much encouraging news to report.
I must say that the early shrubs and the peonies bloomed very well -
even better than usual - but the past six weeks or so have been pretty
much a disaster.
I do have one row of beans that have begun to produce - French filet
beans - very nice. And onions are doing pretty well. But that's about it.
In a message dated 7/25/2009 2:06:02 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
Hot here - it was just shy of 90 when I came in an hour ago. And it's dry,
though humid. I've been watering.
Picked 3 yellow squash, a few pounds of tomatoes, some Asian Eggplant, and
green beans today. The birds have gotten most of the blueberries, and the
squirrels are stealing the apples. :-(
Back out to move a sprinkler.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2009 2:32 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Zzzz
> relatively cool and rainy here. Tomatoes are finally, a few of them
> anyway, turning red.
> neIN, Zone 5
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "james singer" <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2009 9:41 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Zzzz
>> Yawn... Supposed to get to 100 today--actually for the next 3, 4 days.
>> So after 2 years, summer is finally here.
>> Garden report: Picked about 20 pounds of apricots over the last week.
>> Beans and squash are beginning to produce. Planted fall peas
>> yesterday. Big bloomers now are daylilies, marigolds, snapdragons, and
>> Confederate jasmine.
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