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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Garden Report - June 2012

As long as I'm not getting any quilting done,
I may as well show you what I have been doing! 
Planting flowers and dividing perrenials.
Cleaning up and mulching my hosta bed.
Potting a miniature hosta with impatiens for the front porch.
Eagerly awaiting blooms on my Jack-In-the Pulpit.
Cleaning my shed and garage.
Moving perrenials, adding annuals and mulching the front flower bed.

Oh, and did I mention tearing apart my very crooked logs, removing large rocks,
providing a new foundation, then returning the logs to their original (straight) arrangement, and pounding in large spikes to prevent them from shifting again? 
Thankfully I had help with that project!
 Waiting for warm nights so my impatiens will really start to bloom and grow.
Planting in color groupings.
Waiting for my pink and white torenia to bloom as much as the purple ones.
Hoping these are the only bunnies to get near my copper colored Coral Bells and assorted begonias. 
Saving baby birds...found this little fella in my flower bed while planting.  He was baking in the sun and I thought for sure he was a goner.  He was barely breathing and looked totally limp.  I went to collect a garden tool to scoop him up - and when I returned he raised his head up high and opened and closed his beak.  After this exertion he flopped back onto the ground and had to rest and recover.   I hadn't planned on gardening that morning - but I'm so glad I found him in time.  I put him back in the nest and stayed away from the nest for the rest of the day so Mama House Finch could minister to her wee babe.  She must have fed him well because he and his siblings all flew the coop this week.
And of course, there is the vegetable garden.  This was to be a simple project.  Till, plant, mulch.  Water daily. Weed here and there.  Pick the tomatoes and peppers.  But along came the invasion of the slugs.  Seriously, the invasion is of biblical proportions!  I've baited them with beer three nights in a row and killed about 450 so far.  I removed my log border and will have to remove my wooden planks if the numbers don't go down soon. 
Here is the pepper they just can't get enough of.  Its my purple pepper plant - the one I care about most!  As you can see my heavy dousing of broken egg shells did not deter them a bit.  If the onslaught continues I'm going to take this plant out of the garden and pot it.  All my plants were in pots last year, and I got great results - and NO slugs.

Respiratory woes have slowed me down greatly for the last 6 weeks.  Just taking it day by day - sometimes hour by hour.  What I've done here - with help - should have taken me about half the time.  But what ya gonna do?  At the end of the work day, I'm happy to just get the essential chores done inside and out.  I have no energy left for quilting, blogging or anything else.  I am finally breathing easier now, so if Mother Nature cooperates with the pollen counts, I can finally get back to quilting and blogging on a regular basis.  Cross your fingers!  :)

1 comment:

Doreen said...

Oh, Chris, So sorry about the allergy 'thing' has been so bad around here, also! With spring coming so early and very little cool weather, everything that can send out an irritant has done so in massive amounts! I have had to turn on the A/C and take to the indoors (95F and same in humidity!). We don't have much of a garden this year...pretty much the annuals (rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries, pie cherries, raspberries, etc). Glad you are a bit better!-D