Gardens in August

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I haven’t been doing much cooking this late summer.   We’ve had unusually hot weather –followed by unusually cool weather.  I’m quite certain that Ma Nature is simply having her way

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ABOVE: we painted the back patio–I’m pretty happy with it.

The cottage in the background is still a work in progress.

I must confess I’m also not  as energetic as I usually am this time of year.  I’ve made several jars of freezer jam, but the only thing receiving a water bath around here are the chicken ladies when the temperature hit 104 degrees!  I need to get on with canning and freezing.  The gardens have been very giving–in spite of my neglecting them their fare share of water.

Many of the things I planned to do this summer are going to be on the back burner waiting for next summer.  I have a short list:  paint the house, cottage, and shed, plant privacy trees to block out the neighbors, clear out the raspberries that I allowed to go wild, and re-gravel the side driveway.

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My grapes remind me of a  line from a children’s storybook “I think I can. I think I can. ..”

This is their fourth year, so hopefully they’ll make it!

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Swiss Chard is something I truly love to eat.  That being said–why did I think I needed so much of it?  I am knee deep  in Swiss Chard.

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The new gals are fitting right in.  They are now laying cute little eggs.  Pearl is still abusing them.  Pearl is like  a grumpy old lady who doesn’t want you to walk on her lawn.

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My little 4 in 1 pear tree is doing quite well.  I have another branch–not pictured–that holds 2 more Asian pears.

I’m still harvesting: potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, Italian beans, Bush Green Beans, cherry tomatoes, Italian plum tomatoes, herbs, onions, chard, collard greens peppers, and a few other things.  Pumpkins are almost ready.

I still need to take photographs of my two gardens in the front of the house.  I don’t know why I’m more drawn to the backyard.

I’m going to plant more lettuce and radishes today.

I threw my back out last week.  I’m coming back around again, so I’m sure by Sunday I’ll be baking and cooking up a storm!

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8 thoughts on “Gardens in August

  1. What romantic settings in the garden and patio. All the pictures show your gift of talent in photography. I love looking at them all. You have captured the moment. Don’t ever stop sharing them.

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