It appears that lack of rain and 100 degree temperatures since June have really dried my area and caused plants to die including most of my garden except what I have been hand watering which includes some tomato and carrot plants. What a change from two years ago when rain was plentiful. And what did not help was that this is the first year I have had deer jumping my fence and eating my greens and lettuce in masse, I even found their droppings in the garden. They did not do this in past years so I think the drought is affecting them as well causing them to look for food that has not died off...
Thursday, July 6, 2017
I am finding venomous snakes near my cabins. I am in the country surrounded by woods but this is the first time in years I have had a too close encounter with a rattle nake and also a coral snake, both which are venomous. They both were juveniles so that makes me think they both have a den nearby. I always wear boots when I am out and now I carry a machete with me...
Coral Snake, abdout 4 ft
Rattle Snake, about 3 ft
Still was in attack mode when I came upon it
This is the first year I have had deer that are jumping my five foot fence and getting into my garden to chew on my plants, mainly lettuce, squash and zuchinni. I have tried blocking off some plants but they still do get to them. I am still getting tomatoes and carrots from the garden despite them chewing on those plants. If it is not insects or worms, it is predators and now deer.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
I have now been picking squash and zucchini which has been growing well. One of the zucchini was well hidden and after I cut it out measured 10 inches. I usually like to cut them when they are 6 to 8 inches. The squash averaged 6 to 8 inches which is the maximun I like to let it grow. With all the bees I have been seeing in the garden, I am getting a lot of fruit.
Nice rounded squash
Good big zucchini
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
After being absent last year they are all over my garden helping to pollinate my squash and zucchini plants this year, every day I see them there and it is them I have to thank for making my garden a success, I took some photos of them in squash and zucchini flowers, there were so many!
I was surprised to come accross a coral snake in my chicken pen, he was right by me and lucky for me I startled him enough for him to move away instead of coming at me. I know there are snakes in the country and in my area and I have seen some but this snake was the first venomous snake near my house that I saw and I have to say it scared me enough that I look around a lot more than I use to. I managed to take a photo of it and I have posted it here. It goes to show you have got to be aware of your environment all the time when you are operating in it...
The garden has been moving along since the last update I posted here. While there has been a lack of rain I have been hand watering from my water well. I think there has been no rain for last three weeks, and I think that has hurt somewhat and would have been castastrphic if I had not been watering every day. It seems winter has gone right into summer, ie I have had temps in the 90s for days now including back in April where I has little rain. I guess my hope is some May rains that will soak the ground. I will soon find out, but I am not optimistic. I uploaded some photos of my garden today...
The garden at the end of April
Yellow Summer Squash
Some tomatoes ripening
Some of the peppers
Purple bell pepper
Friday, March 24, 2017
The garden is growing and everything is up out of the ground. Tomatos and peppers are flowering. Greens are getting big and carrots, lettuce, squash and zuchinni are all doing well....
Looking at the garden
Tomatoes all in a roll
Squash from a roll of them
Friday, March 3, 2017
Have now put my tomato plants in the ground, looks like it will be a warm March like February was, Temp last night got down to 34, but that should be the last cold spell like this, weather trends now are looking warmer in the future according to the NOAA site. Also planted back in February carrots, lettuce and greens and they are all coming up now. Looking forward to spring!