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What a different kind of year it has been around here. I feel like I have been away more than I have been at home, so it’s been busy. We had two of our nieces come to stay for a few days, along with the four kids. We had a blast – it’s been a long time since there have been young children here. Hard to say who was more excited – the kids or Graham and I!
Now the house is quiet again and I am getting back to the chores that had been left undone over the last couple of weeks. Here are some pictures of the garden this summer….
The Potato patch – it is taking up half of the garden space this year. The lower half of the garden has been covered in black plastic and weighed down with t posts and pieces of wood. I can’t keep up with all the weeding, so even though we dislike using black plastic, we did it!
The potatoes are starting to bloom, which means it won’t be long now and we can carefully dig around to nab a few new potatoes for dinners.
Instead of using single rows, I made wide rows this year for the veggies. So we have some Lettuce, Carrots, Spinach, Beets, Onions and Peas. The peas are just now starting to bloom, because I didn’t get the garden in until late this year (beginning of June). That’s OK, we will still have a great harvest.
We stopped picking the Asparagus around the beginning of July and it didn’t take the plants long to turn into those pretty frothy looking fronds. We will leave the fronds alone until early next Spring. Because we have such cold winters here, the fronds will add a touch more insulation to the plant roots.
The Virginia Creeper planted down at the barn always puts on a great show. I hope we are still here in the Fall, when it turns to a beautiful red. One of the reasons this creeper does so well where it is planted is that when I clean out the chicken waterer, all the dirty water gets dumped on the creeper. It gets fertilized with any chicken manure that might be on the waterer. It appreciates it and I would only do this with vegetation that no one will eat. Never put fresh manure tea onto edible plantings.
This morning, I have been busy weeding out the porch flower beds. Two wheelbarrow fulls of weeds and plants later, it is looking much neater. The Goutweed I have growing in there has to be pulled several times a year to keep it somewhat contained. I love the look of it, but need to be ruthless in order for it to stay in control.
The perennial pathway to the barn has been all weeded and I have deadheaded the Iris plants. I love this garden bed and am so glad I made it, it is wonderful to see it from the porch!