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July 30, 2008 - Janet DelTurco
After wonderful rainfall for most of the summer, we now seem to be heading straight into drought. Every few days the weather forecasts promise at least scattered showers, but they are evidently so scattered that the miss us entirely. This morning there was a false promise with just a sprinkle, not enough to wet the ground under leaves, so it's out with the hose again. The rain barrel is down to the cruddy stuff in the bottom, and I suppose that is a hint to tip it over and do a clean-out. Not a favorite job. Beans need picking daily, peppers, beets, Swiss chard and potatoes are good, but the tomatoes just leer at me with green faces, and the silk on the corn refuses to turn brown. I am very inpatient. Flowers are looking the worse for wear, the second flowering of the roses almost over. The annuals need water every day to keep going, but only a few of them get this favor. The petunias are definitely worth it, and the impatiens around the cherry tree gets its daily ration too. Most of the perennials are tough enough and have deep roots, so they exist without so much attention. Of course the weeds continue to grow. I have to look up the proper name of those tall things that are a cross between a dandelion and a thistle, and that shoots up at an alarming speed. Quite easy to pull out, but hides behind shrubs and taller plants. I plan to do my next column on weeds, but have to research a little to make sure I have the proper names. The joy of the garden right now is the sunflower patch. Two of them are at least 9 feet high and looking in the kitchen window. I planted a mix of seeds, and there are all shapes and sixes, brown, gold, red, yellow, single and many-branched, a great treat for the finches....and for me.
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