This time of year, the sun is all smiles for the garden. In spite of the twelve inch in twenty-four hours rain, I discovered my plants were still thirsty a few days after especially in the front garden. After some investigation, I realized the rain washed all of the mulch away leaving a topsoil of mostly sand. Odd occurrence, and I made a note to replace leaf mold and pine bark mulch in a day or two.
I was watching Oklahoma Gardening this morning via the techno wonder of DVR, and I noticed OSU is testing Eastern redcedar mulch. If it works, it may be the solution to our Juniperis virginiana invasion. Let’s hope it works.
About the vegetable garden, I’m all smiles. I’m staying ahead of the squash bugs (barely), and I’ve eaten green beans, peppers and eggplant.
I have a tomato!!!! Actually I have three. I harvested the first, ‘Whopper’, last week as it was turning. It is now a fleshy red, and I can’t wait to consume it this evening. Saturday, I picked two ripe ‘Arkansas Traveler’ tomatoes. They are small, but full of flavor. I’ve never had tomatoes so early before. Remember last year when I couldn’t grow a tomato to save my life?
A sad story about our chickens. We have a raccoon problem, and we’ve plugged every hole and reinforced all the wire with sterner stuff. A trap is also set up in the barn for this terrible scavenger. One of the reasons I hate raccoons so much is they attack at night when the chickens are sleeping and completely defenseless. I know other predators do too, but the raccoons are just sneakier and won’t quit until they’ve killed every chicken. We’ve lost eight chickens as of last count, but no chickens were lost the previous two nights. It’s maddening, but we’ll catch him or her.
The daylilies are blooming their fool heads off, and Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ is attracting pollinators like mad. More about that later. However, if you live in Oklahoma, TLC Nursery has small plants of the new Invincibelle™ Spirit for a very good price. It’s the pink ‘Annabelle’. I have two small ones.