I am hoping for the best that my garden will survive the next few days. Over 100 degrees every day, uneven rain. I have mulched and mulched and watered and now I wait. I planted pole beans where the sugar snap peas started the season. Threw some lettuce and beet seeds out. When they germinate (weather permitting) I will probably use a floating row cover to protect them from the sun.
As an experiment, I planted watermelon and cantaloupes among my tomatoes. I figured that they would cover the soil between the tomatoes and act like a mulch to keep the soil covered. It seems to be working pretty well. I did add more lime to the soil because the roma tomatoes were having trouble with blossom end rot. I have stepped up the watering too. We have some pretty tomatoes already.
|lime added - I carefully dug it in|
A new addition to the farm. These guys are less than 48 hours old.
Native garden hanging in there. The plants that made it into the ground the earliest are the healthiest. When I plant more, it will probably be in October or late March. That way, they have a better chance of survival.
|bee balm - Monarda|
|joe pye weed|
|black eye susan - Maryland state flower|
Went to add water to my compost bin and lo and behold, there is a cantaloupe plant that has sprung from the base of the compost bin. Funny thing is, it is the healthiest plant in the yard :)
|looks MUCH better|
More farm pictures
My son's shirt. You can see there is a friendly rivalry between John Deere and every other tractor.
|heading out for a horse ride|
We have to leave town for a few days. I hope we get a little rain. If not, I will plant more.