A Day in the Garden

July 7, 2016 in the garden — a morning rain followed by 83 degrees of extremely high humidity and an overcast sky threatening more showers.

Bird Bath on the Patio

Bird Bath on the Patio

  • After a rain is the best time to pull weeds.  I cleaned a small sweet pea bed that had already been harvested and re-planted it with Porcelain Doll pumpkin sprouts thinned from the pumpkin tubs.  I have a hard time throwing away any viable sprout, even though I have already planted thinned sprouts in two other places.  But then I love pumpkins and can never have too many around the barn in autumn.
  • The perennial bed includes wild flowers such as golden rod, bergamot/bee balm with a bloom like a lavender firework, and Queen Ann’s lace–the doily of the garden.
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  • I picked 8 cucumbers.  By next week I will have enough to make Bread & Butter pickles
  • The watermelon plants in one of my hay bales are being joined by butternut squash vines from a bordering bed.
  • Watermelon Starts

    Watermelon Starts

  • The two zucchini plants are blooming in the second bale.
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  • I checked to see if more early apples fell in the storm and picked up about 6 more = fresh apple sauce for Sunday dinner.
  • While I was in the orchard, I noticed one of the peach trees was dropping fruit.  Unfortunately I saw top fruit being attacked by Japanese beadles–they are back.  If they go for my roses again, the traps will go up.  Meanwhile we picked the peaches to allow them to ripen slowly inside in the basement fruit cellar…otherwise, they would be riddled by the bugs.
  • One day’s organic harvest from the garden.
  • Cucumbers, early apples and peaches

    Cucumbers, early apples and peaches



About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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