Clean it out and fill it up!

It seems like forever since I been on here. Its been even longer since I’ve done any writing on my own blog.

The summer heat has taken its toll on the garden. The past several weeks it have been in neglect. With the temperatures reaching the 100s, I’ve been hiding out indoors most evenings watching some baseball and taking Zoe for a swim every now and then. The pool water feels like bath water now so I’ve been putting the hose in it to cool it off.

Last week, while we were on vacation, I setup the timer to keep things on life support while we were down at the coast, praying the grasshoppers and mockingbirds wouldn’t do much damage. Unfortunately, the birds took to tasting just about everything that they could get their beaks on.

This afternoon, I took to removing the rest of the tomato plants and the lemon cucumber vines growing on the arbor. The aphids and spider mites were starting to run rampant and uncontrollable. No since keeping it around if it’s not producing and just attracting creepy crawlies.


Here is a habenero pepper plant that I started WAAAAAY back in March. Poor guy took nearly four months to get this big.

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After dinner I was watching the All-star game (The NL wins again? So much for home field advantage in the World Series) and heard a bunch of ruckus going on outside. Out of nowhere this storm blew through and hung around for a good 20 or 30 minutes. The rain barrel (the one that functions) was able to fill back up and everything else got a good soaking. We definitely needed it. You can see the straight 8 cucumber vines decided not to grow up and turned themselves into a ground cover.

Don’t forget…Today is Sprout contributor Misti’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MISTI!

Comments 3

  1. chel wrote:

    The birds are doing the same thing to my outdoor bits of the garden.

    And then the heat took the top half of my eggplant, so I think it’s time to call it a day on that and start a new one in the fall.

    Posted 11 Jul 2012 at 9:08 am
  2. Misti wrote:

    Ugh, between moving and the heat I’ve been to my garden once a week the last three weeks. I managed to rip out the cucumbers and some beans but still need to rip out tomatoes and other beans. I’m kind of surprised things are still alive, but we’ve had rain four days in a row so that has helped.

    Maybe next week I can do some triage.

    Posted 11 Jul 2012 at 10:07 am
  3. Moosie wrote:

    Yeah I had some cucumbers on my plant before we left for vacation. They shriveled up and died. At least the flowers are hanging on.

    Posted 13 Jul 2012 at 12:28 pm

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