Experienced gardeners know, seasonal transitions seen to happen overnight. The cool nights of late spring transition to steamy evenings with the buzzing drone of insects and tree frogs. Gone are the early summer perennials of roses, peonies, iris and poppies, suddenly they have gone to seed, and the weeds are growing faster than most anything else, save for the pumpkin vines. In our garden, this happens about the second with of July, and lasts until the first week of August - as if summer was an adolecent child, this is it's 14 year old growth spurt. Plants seem to be hungry all of the time, wanting to eat as much as they can get, and many are literally growing by inches each night. I call it the mid-summer, growth spurt. Be prepared for it, and take care to water daily and fertilize those plants that require nutrition for optimal harvests, mainly tomatoes and other vegetables, plus those plants that might even be forming growth that will increase next summers' bloom, such as peonies. All will benefit with a balanced fertilizer during these days with the longest sunlight hours.
|CONTAINERS, IN THIS HOT WEATHER, WILL REQUIRE DAILY WATERING, IF NOT TWICE DAILY. WATERING EACH POT WHEN I GET HOME FROM WORK, IS MY THERAPY. IT TAKES ABOUT AN HOUR, BUT IT CLEARS MY MIND AFTER A LONG COMMUTE.|
|NEARBY, IN WOODSTOCK CT, THE FIRST SWEET CORN OF THE SEASON ARRIVED THIS WEEKEND.|
|WATERING DAILY IS NOT A CHORE, BUT THERAPY IN THE EARLY MORNING, AND SOMETIMES AGAIN IN THE EVENING, ESPECIALLY WITH NEWLY PLANTED SHRUBS. JOE IS WATERING IN SOME NEW IRIS DIVISIONS, AND A FEW NEW HYDRANGEAS|
We bought few new chickens this weekend ( not this one, he's a fancy crested polish - (such fancyness would get ruined in our muddy chicken yard).