Everything seems to take much more effort when it is hot and humid out. This type of weather tends to spur spotty thunderstorms, but none were producing enough rain to quench the dry soil in the garden. Last Sunday evening, I wrestled at least 30 minutes in the heat with two tangled hoses to water all the beds in the garden. When I finally finished, I was sweaty, dirty, wet, and had straw stuck in my sandals and legs. Exhausted, I went inside to take a shower. When I emerged, the sky was overcast as thundershowers rolled in. They dumped a good amount of rain overnight. Ah, if I had only known.
The soil darkened as the garden greedily drank up the moisture that fell. The plants responded by growing quickly in only a few days. We need to add trellis netting to the tomato beds soon to support their growth. Some are even flowering:
|The First Tomato Blossoms|
|The First Pepper|
|Garlic Scapes Ready for Harvest|
While I wasn't paying attention, the blueberry plants flowered and formed lots of berries. Looks like it will be a good harvest this year:
|From Front to Back: Tomatoes and Peppers, Onions, Carrots, Onions, and Garlic|
The chickens have adjusted very well to their new home. I really enjoy watching them graze around their pen. They are 5-weeks old this week and no longer need a heat lamp at night. Not that a heat lamp is necessary with the hot temperatures we have been experiencing. In fact, I am leaving the windows of their coop open to allow ventilation overnight.
They enjoy spending time under the coop in the shade. The soil is dry here and perfect for dust baths.
|Chickens Dust Bathing|
Pests: Slugs continue to assault the garden. A neighborhood cat dug in the Salsify bed.