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July 17: Rain a sight for dry eyes


Got home this morning after two days in the Dells. And while we were able to mostly tolerate temps in the high 90s because we spent our time on water slides or floating down “rivers” on tubes, I was a bit worried how the veggies and flowers would fare while we were gone.

Fortunately, they looked like they tolerated the excessive heat surprisingly well, although it did appear that a few of the onion tops and bean plants were bent over a bit. Nothing too serious. Didn’t see any deer or other animal tracks, so not sure what caused it. Two and a half days without the sprinkler didn’t seem to hurt anything.
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July has to mean better things for my garden

I realized during the past week that I need a New Year’s resolution of sorts for July. It’s time I pay better attention to my garden. That is, of course, if I want anything to come of it this summer.

The weeds I wrote about almost two weeks ago were the least of my problems. While I was watching soccer and basketball games during the month of June, I also was neglecting several other crops, which dearly paid the price. By the time I got around to caging the tomatoes, most were too big for the cages I had. The rain and wind (and a bit of hail) on June 18 had battered two of them pretty badly, leaving the stems of one split to the ground (photo at right). When I tried to cage a second one, I broke off at least 4 of the bigger branches — some which had lots of flowers.

As I moved from plant to plant, my heart pounded harder and harder. My first major mistake of the summer and it had to be with my favorite veggie — the biggest reason why I plant a garden. I couldn’t believe it – I wanted to cry. I eventually stopped trying to cage them for fear I would break off too many more branches.

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