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Yes, finally – now that we are getting the heat we sorely need, all the vegetables seem to be exploding with growth. Of course, the weeds seem to grow twice as fast as the food grows, now why is that?
I am pretty tuckered out today after spending all day working outside yesterday. Today is just as hot as yesterday was, so I only did the “must do’s” outside today. Feeding the chickens, collecting eggs, giving the plants in the Greenhouse a good watering. It’s been too hot today to lift the hoe, although there is one more strawberry bed to go through. Maybe later tonight after it cools down a bit, I will get that done.
Here’s a Before picture of the Barn Garden. What a weedy mess! Glad that it’s cleaned up somewhat now.
Can you even see the Jerusalem Artichokes in amongst all that grass?
I managed to pull the grass right around the plants. It is a start, but I am quite sure I could spend at least 3 hours more down there to get it done properly. Trouble is, now that the rain has stopped, and we have heat, we have bugs. I mean a lot of bugs. I mean so many big huge bugs I am leery that they will pick me up and take me away. That big! I can’t stand using bug spray, so I go out in a long sleeve shirt all buttoned up and do what I can. Sure, I end up with lots of bites but I’d rather have that than spray that bug spray all over me.
Here’s the Potato patch in the main garden. All hoed, all the chickweed has been pulled. Wow, do I have a hate on for Chickweed. Now that the patch has been weeded, next up is hilling the potatoes. We’re going to get some really aged manure to use for hilling. It works quite easily and saves us from having to spread manure on this area later in the Fall. We just use buckets, fill them up and empty them around each plant. It works well.
The Spinach is doing fantastic. Lots of growth and so dark green and so good for us! I also have Cabbages, Broccoli and Cauliflower in there. Two rows of Onions, some Chard, Radish and Peas round out this part of the garden. The Peas are starting to get tendrils on them, so I am hoping it isn’t long until I see the flowers starting.
I’m so happy with the way the porch containers are turning out. It takes me awhile to decide what I want to plant and then how I want to group them together in containers. Once planted, I wonder and wonder if they will look all right. Should I have done something different? I think when these fill out even more, they are going to look fantastic.
Tomorrow I am going to do my best to get some more Chicken Questions and Answers up on this site. So, if you have any questions I can add to the list, please leave me a comment! Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy your weekend!