I was up early this morning. No particular reason. Just awake. With coffee in hand I strolled outside to see the garden in the mist that rolled in during the night. Our nights are getting cooler, there is no doubt that fall is coming. Time is running short for the garden, August will be over soon.
I have been avoiding writing this post, our garden this year has been productive, but certain things have not worked out as well as I would have liked them too. For example, the bean trellis we made from sticks, it has toppled repeatedly and I have given up on it.
The marigolds that I planted around each garden bed, however, have been amazing. The baby bunny that has been eating my second crop of beans, has been incredibly irritating.
Our tractor/mower has not worked all summer, I have not been able to gather the grass clippings to use as mulch as I normally would do. The weeds are grateful, I am not.
Perfection does not live here. I am okay with that.
The herbs have done well, despite being attacked by both soccer balls and chickens. By the way, the chickens love drinking out of Bird Bath
that I found in the trash. I find that incredibly amusing.
Butch n’ Betty have done well this summer. Butch’s optic grass hair went brown for a time, but since I gave him a mow-hawk, he is once again looking good! Betty’s butterfly hair ornament has faded a bit in the sun, but I think it adds to her character.
We had a family of turkeys visit us yesterday, two adults and eight fuzzy babies came through the yard to wander in the corn field. I hope they come back, makes me think Thanksgiving can’t be far away!
I couldn’t resist buying a few mums yesterday, they are just the pick me up the garden needed at this time of year.
The tomatoes, are finally coming along despite the chickens sitting on them. They are still being quite productive. I have been canning a few each day. If you like Basil Tomatoes
, click here. I have discovered that cherry tomatoes just make a mess. All that work for less than a mouthful of produce, I don’t think I will plant those again next year.
The Moon flowers have done well, at least the vines have. I planted them from seed, they are growing up the side of our canopy on the deck. They are full of buds but still no blooms. I am impatient to see them in bloom.
This year is our first garden in this location. We have learned a lot of things, and can make adjustments for the next season. All is not lost, learning what works and what doesn’t is part of the creative process.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!