Thursday, August 18, 2016

Rain Update

In the last five days, I have had over six inches of rain after 2 1/2 months of drought which effectively shut down my garden. Most of it is gone, except a few tomato plants, some carrots and peppers that I kept alive. My pear tree also suffered but is back doing okay. The new chicken coop seems to be keeping the rain out (and I definitely am no carpenter). Now if I can get the new hens to start laying soon...

Friday, August 12, 2016

Rain Maybe

I have gone 2 1/2 months of no rain where I am, and have lost about all of my garden. But the forecast for my area has maybe rain starting this weekend, in the past rain has gone either away from me or around me, so I am hopeful that the weather gods will favor me soon...

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Heat Continues

No let up on the heat and with that now over two months of no rain. It looks like August will be no better with predictions of the same. It seems over half my garden is dead and only tomato and carrot plants are still alive but not really growing. My garden this year is done, maybe I can get carrots and a few tomatoes in the fall... I did get the chicken coop expansion done and have acquired two more young hens. I think I will get two more in the fall for a total of six for this coop.

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Heat

The heat has taken over here now with temps around 100 every day and no rain since May. Everything is dry and of course my garden has suffered even with the limited watering I do with a hose. I have harvested everything now except for carrots and beans which are still growing. Tomato plants are doing okay, just not fruiting with the heat...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Bug Crazy

I have had scorpions in my cabin before, but I was in my cabin and happen to look over at the floor and saw this spider just casually walking across. I scooped up a young tarantula spider of about 2.5 inches and set him outside. Where I live you never know what you are going to see...

Tomato Fever

Despite the heat, I am still picking tomatoes from the garden. The plants are still flowering but the heat is stopping them from producing fruit..

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Pulling Cabbage

I have had my first cabbage plants out of the ground. I have never grown cabbage before and this one is looking like a curly leaf type of cabbage..

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Heat is Back

It did not take long after the rains ended for the summer heat to set in. Within two weeks after the May rains, the intense summer heat came quickly with the humidity. For me the humidity was not as bad as that of the coastal areas in the south, but even the dry heat sent heat indexes well over 105. Now I am watering my garden every day to keep it alive, the tomatoes are doing well and still producing in this heat, that I did not have last summer. The garden has done better this year over last. I spend less than an hour outside at sunset and am drenched in sweat when I get inside. It looks like a long hot summer but with more humidity from all the rains back in May. That may end along with the insects if the rains do not return and that looks to be the case for a while...

Digging up Potatoes

It was time to dig up some potatoes from the garden that I had planted a few months ago. They had grown nice plant tops that had bloomed and a couple weeks later were ready to dig up. Sliced them up and fried them with some onions, they had a nice sweet taste.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Garden News

Broccoli and snap beans are finally coming forth. Cabbage should be ready soon also..