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July 26, 2009 - Janet DelTurco
This is a wonderful year for the gardener. Yes, there is time for some of those scorching hot days yet, but we have had three months of beautiful weather. Warm sun, enough rain and not too much wind. A gardener's delight. Things are going well in the garden, the beets and bush beans safe in the freezer, and the pole beans have produced enough Purple Pod for Sunday dinner today. Three Big Beef tomatoes were mid-sized and red, but not yet at their best. There are eb=nough cherry tomatoes on the back steps for the boys to pick when they arrive. And a few raspberries. Turnips, parsnips and cucumbers are getting on with their business, the peppers are small yet, but there, and the corn should be ready to pick next week. The potatoes are starting to wither on the top, and small ones I have dug up are delicious. Onions a disappointment, they had tall green tops, but the bulbe are not much bigger than when they went in, garlic the same. I miss the swiss chard that would have gone in that spot and will change back next year. The asparagus bed looks flourishing and I have kept the weeds under control so far. I had to pull the huge cardoon out, it go so big it was smothering the peppers. Next year it will have a spot of its own. The flowers are lovely, after many years trying to get flowers on them, the threadleaf coreopsis are all bright yellow, as is the regular one I put in just to hegde my bets. I have reluctantly to cut back the callicarpa, it is just too big. And that will make more space for the geraniums, alyssum, zinnias, monkshood, etc. to get more sun and spread around. Still waiting for the Susie Sunshine and the painted daisy to bloom.


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