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|Beans! Lots and lots of beans. Today I'm canning.
Our weather has been up in the 90's quite a few times in the past couple of weeks. I keep watering, watering, watering. This morning we've had 2 brief showers, maybe enough to settle the dust on the road. Not enough to help anything else, so I need to keep watering.
I've stopped watering the winter squash to try to force them to ripen. They don't look as stressed as I thought they would. One plant that is near the bean teepees got water yesterday, runoff from the beans, so I have some dry and one watered to tell the difference. I'm also picking off the immature squash, they are good when eaten like summer squash. The deer have bitten a few holes in squash, but only seem to bother the butternut. Maybe they think the round green ones are rocks.
Our plum tree has purple fruit on it. We need to wrap some plastic mesh around it to keep the deer from harvesting them. The blueberry bushes, which have struggled just to live, have produced a few berries that were turning blue a week or so ago. Must check them.
Most of the potato vines appear to be dieing back. It'll soon be time to dig. The onions are still in the ground, dry, and waiting. They seem to keep better in the ground than in the basement when it is hot and dry. I might sell a few of them, there are always too many unless I chop and freeze them when they get mushy and start to spoil. I planted 200 last spring, sets from the farm store. They come in 100 set bags.
Summer squash just keep coming. I've cut off so many monsters! They make good weights for the bottom edges of the grape netting.
Elderberries are ripe. The birds might get them this year, there is plenty of canned juice in the basement.
A lily that I bought this spring at the garden show is blooming. It is pale yellow. I can't see it from the house so it needs to be moved for next year's enjoyment. The upward facing lilies are more to my liking since I can see into them without having to bend over and lift the blossom. The other new one is supposed to be red or purple. I thought I would remember so only put labels near them that say new lily. Silly me.
The black eyed susans are blooming, as are some of the phlox, a few hollyhocks and Russian sage, tall sedums, sunflowers, some late lilies and not much else escept the barrels of petunias and geraniums which need to be deadheaded. I should cut way back on the watering around the house and just do spot watering and let the grass go brown.
I need to plant more lettuce and tomatoes for greenhouse growing.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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