I hadn't been out in the garden in awhile as it hasn't been producing much other than the Matt's WC.
I really want to get the fall garden growing but our projected highs this week are again in the 90's.
We usually "break" our Summer weather pattern around September 15th so that's when I hope to sow our fall lettuces. I took a shot about a month ago and only 1 variety popped and even that was only 50%.
I thought the Lima's were done but they are getting a second wind. Blossoms, pods and new green leaves! It's amazing what slightly cooler weather will do.
I've got fruit setting on the few tomato plants I left alone.
Carrots are coming along.
And I picked some green and yellow beans yesterday...Yum
I planted two raspberry bushes this spring. I bunnies did a number on the some of the leaves but I'm pleased to see that the runners are looking good. I know absolutely nothing about growing raspberries but the plant seems to like where it's at so that's good enough for me!
The Blueberries on the other hand....They are sorely neglected. See all that Bermuda? I need to get in there and yank it all. I've got three Blueberries in there and they DON'T like this spot. Hardly any growth at all. I'll need to transplant them this fall to somewhere else. Any suggestions? I'm thinking of putting them in the front landscaped bed. Less sun there.
This is the area that we plan on converting to more garden space.
Once cooler weather hits we hope to double dig this whole area, fence it and manure everything...old and new spaces. I need organics in my soil. Our neighbor has a few piles of grass clippings from his yard laying around. I'm wanting to toss in lots of leaf mulch this Fall (and I know I'll mooch what I can from our neighbors), but I'm hesitant to ask for the grass clippings from them as they use True Green chemical service. I'm assuming that it wouldn't be good for the garden. Does anyone know?
Slight side note here...SM was talking with our neighbor who just put in a pool this Summer. He asked SM what our electric bill was last month. ($200 and THAT was a first! We're usually around $175 but we've been so hot without any breaks in the weather, plus we have the extra freezer and fridge running.) Turns out that our neighbor's electric bill was $500 last month. The pool filter runs 24-7 and I think they were surprised at how expensive it would be to run. I don't know if I would have thought of it. Most people would consider only the cost of installation and chemicals, not the electricity.
Gardens aren't cheap to get started but "Wow"...I'm glad we never seriously considered a pool. Seems like community pools are the smart way to go there.