Thursday, August 8, 2019

garden note - 8.8.19

it's been a summer. and because it's south carolina it'll be another two months yet, ha!

the garden is starting to have that end-of-summer scorched look to it, and the tomatoes have bit the dust after faithfully producing enough to put several gallons of spaghetti sauce in the freezer. my baby sis tested the kale the other day, and the leaves are still sweet so that's been a HUGE producer and win this year - even in full sun through blazing hot southern days, there have only been a couple weeks where the leaves were bitter.

the hot peppers are finally producing enough to make hot sauce each week, and the herbs are all spilling over the beds and overall looking wonderful - basil, lemon balm, chives, parsley, mint, and oregano. I tried cucumbers....but the direct sun fried half of the them and I think the soil in the trellis box is depleted from housing morning glories two years straight without any new dirt added. so no cucumbers really. I think next year I'm going keep flowers out of that box completely and replace all the soil, and see if that helps production. one difficult thing about square foot gardening is the root systems get all over the boxes and make using the same box for two different crops in the same season difficult.

my favorite thing will always be my flowers, though. the marigolds, zinnias, snapdragons, and morning glories are still faithfully blooming, and going down in the mornings to just walk around and pick a few things and enjoy the colors is incredibly therapeutic.

Unless it's 90 degrees at 8am, in that case we skip the garden, haha.

our prolific, glorious kale

do you spy the little hummingbird that loves our zinnias?

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