Time for an update, but without pictures for right now. Hopefully, in a day or two, I can get pictures taken and up so you all can see what I have and haven’t gotten down around my place. I have been working outside later in the day and as much at night as I can get away with and be able to see some.
Y’all? How can I sum up this summer so far? HOT!
Honestly, I like the heat. I like to be warm and if I sweat a bit, I don’t care.
But this humidity? It can take a hike right out of here. Unfortunately I think that it is helping the plants a bit, but we need real moisture that comes in a liquid form.
So I am watering my garden every night. I found out that the water in the barn does work which much closer to my garden so less work with hoses. This is a good thing because I needed to get into the habit of watering my plants with consistency. The mulch is helping too, but I need to finish that project. So much to do and not enough time.
How are my plants doing? Here is a rundown:
Tomatoes – coming along. The tomatoes in the buckets are struggling, but the tomatoes in the ground are thriving. I am not seeing a lot of fruit or blossoms yet, but we have time. We might have one cherry tomato ready when I get home tonight.
Garlic – struggling with lack of moisture. Starting to see flower heads though and I snapped quite a few off last night.
Onions – Out of the 80 I planted, only 4 made it. Again, I will blame lack of moisture. However, I have some onion bulbs in the house that will be going in the ground tonight. What do I have to lose by planting them now?
Potatoes – thriving and surviving!
Summer squash – thriving and surviving right now. Seeing the promise of blossoms!
Sweet potatoes – Out of the 10 I planted, only 5 made it. Again, I am a little disappointed but looking forward to what I do have!
Peppers – My bell peppers are struggling big time. I am starting to see some turnaround on them, but out of 8 plants I have lost 3 so far. My banana peppers are doing well and thriving right now.
Basil – Surviving and thriving! I love the smell of this stuff!
Parsley – Struggling. It is more yellow than green right now, but I suspect a water problem that I hope to have remedied soon.
Celery – gone. died. I am not sure why either.
That is it for right now. I have a small space available in the garden that I think I will be using for a small fall garden like peas and lettuce or spinach.
Other things that are going on:
The kids are done playing ball so that is a good thing although I miss it. Now we are moving onto church, dance and sports camps, sports physicals, eye doctor appointments, some family time with me and with their dad, senior pictures, college visits, getting ready for school to start August 21st, and fair. Whew!
I have some house projects I am trying to get done this week while Paige is gone to camp, but I think I am running out of time. I want to clean her room my way so it can finally get decluttered and organized because she is not and it is starting to show greatly. I also want to paint the walls in her room and get the room reorganized. Then it is off to cleaning the carpet in her room because I do not have the funds to replace it at this time unless Menard’s has a heck of a deal going on on their remnants.
I also need to finish Jordan’s ceiling fan and paint the bathroom. And clean the garage. And, and, and, and….
The list is always endless, isn’t it?
Happy Anniversary to my parents today who showed me that the to-do list is never going to be conquered because there is always more to do! This year marks 36 years and may you have 36 more years!
Thanks for reading! Have a great day!