August Garden To Do

It is HOT! It is HUMID! I do not want to go outside! But, I must.

  1. Got to check the chickens food and water. That is a MUST DO
  2. Pick the pole beans
  3. Pick the figs, before the birds and wasps get them
  4. Pick the tomatoes before the birds get them
  5. and the French beans
  6. Fertilize the new tomato plants and squash plants
  7. Attack that new bug on the eggplant.

Then there is the …….

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Chickens at Work in the Garden

My yellow crookneck squash produced well this Spring. I froze quite a bit.  And then – the squash bugs arrived. Jillion’s of them! The chickens normally take care of them. But, this year – there were just too many. The squash plants gave up and did. I pulled them up and the chickens immediately cleaned up the bed. I did not take a before, but here is the after …….

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Replanting Time

Well, the yellow squash are spent! It has been really productive. No vine borers – but suddenly there are jillions of squash bugs. My chickens can not keep up! It is very HOT, and the poor plants can’t take heat and bugs! I had planted 6 plants this Spring and had plenty to eat and to freeze. There are only two of us, so 6 plants did well. I even ended up giving some to my squashless friends. 😊 I will be replanting 3 plants. It should keep us in fresh yellow squash till frost. Continue reading

Butchering the Huge Peach Tree

I had to severely prune a older peach tree. This year the tree was loaded with peaches. But, the tree was so tall, I could not thin the peaches. The result was jillions of little wonderful juicy delicious peaches. You can only eat so many. Each was 2-4 bites.  Entirely too small to process in any way. The squirrels enjoyed them. Here are the before and after

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The First Fruit Tree Pruning

Summer Solstice! Time to prune the fruit trees. I am training them to be “little” trees. Open center, evenly spaced limbs – (sorta) – and removing  any overlapping limbs. Then attaching water bottle weighs. Here is before and after on an older pear tree that I moved. It managed to live even after I took a hatchet to a tap root so I could move it. Bless it’s heart!😊

The water bottles work great, you can add just the right amount of water to pull the limb into position. Easy does it. I broke a baby limb with too much water on one of the apples.

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