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July Garden Update

07/25

So, I'm a little late on this months garden post. July is almost over!! Around this time every summer, I start getting that pit in my stomach when I think about how it is going to end, and I'll go back to work. Not that I hate my teaching job at all. I just love summer so much more! 

Enough about that, though. I could go on for hours, and you are here for the garden photos! So let's get started. 

I'll start with the best: The Flowers!

I had planted several types of flowers, but the Zinnias always do the best in my garden. They self seed, come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. After Queen Anne's Lace, these are my favorite flowers. 

 

 

 Next year, we need to figure out a better solution for all these weeds. 

Ain't nobody got time for that! My parents have a super solution for weeds in their garden, and I think we need to reconfigure ours to use the same method. They place a thick black cloth over the entire plot, then cut holes for the plants. No weeds, direct watering, healthy plants, low maintenance. 

The Bean Teepee is doing splendidly! I was afraid that the deer encounter had killed off the beans, but they came back with fervor. 

My morning glory and bean trellis is starting to get covered...but it took a long time! Hopefully, by the end of the summer they will be covered in flowers and beans. 

The basil is HUGEMONGOUS and out of control. It is time to make some pesto! YUM. 

Our chickens (AKA The Girls) seem to love squash. We've only been able to pick TWO this entire season. The girls get in there and eat all the young and tiny squash before they are able to fully grow and get picked. Stupid. 

One thing the deer and chickens leave along are the birdhouse gourds. These babies are growing like crazy! There are only two plants this year, but there are at least 15 gourds I've counted. After they dry, I'll make some birdhouses with them for the craft shows next year. 

Our tomatoes have the blight. Every year, the bottom leaves start turning yellow, then brown and crumply. They still produce off the top of the plant, but they sure look terrible! The tomatoes in the greenhouse have never done this and are super healthy (but no photos till I clean it up in there....I'm ashamed to say I didn't stake the tomatoes and they are taking over!). I'm assuming this is because the greenhouse tomatoes never get rained on directly.....maybe? Any master gardeners out there know?

I'll leave you with this sweet photo of Momma Hen and her babies. I had them coop up within the coop, but they have escaped and now warder around with the rest of the flock. Thankfully, we've not lost any and the big girls aren't too nasty to them. This is how they sleep at night....perched on top of their momma!!!



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