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Flower, veggie gardens in full bloom


I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. I do know this: I’m sure going to miss my Wisconsin gardens!

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Moving presents special garden circumstances

Well, winter in Wisconsin is finally over (fingers crossed) and it’s long past time for me to start thinking about my garden. Problem is, I’ve got somewhat of a complication this year. We’re going to be selling our house because we’re moving — to Texas! Yep, husband got a job in Austin, so by early August, I hope our family will all be living in the Lone Star State.
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Weeds growing faster than veggies

20130618-192231.jpg(Photo above: Everything is coming up OK in the garden, especially the weeds.)

As usual, the garden’s in and the weeds have taken over. The tomatoes, mostly transplanted from my basement greenhouse, are doing OK, but they’re not growing very tall. I’ve heard the same thing from friends, too, though, who bought theirs at local greenhouses. I think it’s just that we haven’t had consistent warm weather. Even tonight’s forecast calls for low of 45. I mean, it’s June 18, you know? Most, if not all, have flowers, so now I’m just waiting for fruit!

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You call this spring?

20130320-182753.jpgThe calendar may officially say spring, but I’m guessing my raspberry patch doesn’t quite think so!

Don’t know a good thing till it’s gone

The clouds were full and dark this afternoon, brooding almost. They’d pelt the common folk below with a few raindrops, then just sit overhead, making one wonder when the downpour was going to begin. Or worse yet, the “s” word. Even though the thermometer put the temp in the low 50s, you couldn’t dismiss the possibility that the white stuff might make an unwelcome appearance.

In the distance, I could see what looked liked a sheet of rain pouring out of the sky, but it never got as far as where I was. In fact, I don’t think most hit the ground at all, although my husband did say he and the dog got caught in a mini-hailstorm while running. Even then, it cleared up as quickly as it hit, leaving them to plod along in just a biting wind.

By later afternoon, the sky had turned to a robin’s egg blue with light, wispy clouds that looked like they had not a care in the world. Mother Nature was a surly old braud today, as if she wasn’t quite ready to give up on summer, but not sure whether those below her were deserving of a little sun either.

I took advantage of the little blue sky there was to pick raspberries. The forecast low tonight is 36, and given the chill in the air, I didn’t want to take the chance of losing the already ripe fruit to frost. It seems too early to be worrying about picking green fruit or covering up the flowers, doesn’t it? Seems like it was just yesterday that it was 95 degrees and I was complaining about the heat. I’m resigned to the fact that it has to get cold sometime — it is Wisconsin after all — but maybe we could have a couple more weeks of somewhat summer-like weather?

Please Mother Nature – is there anything I can do to change your mood from surly to sunny?

July 10: Hitting the raspberry motherload

Picked 10 cups of raspberries tonight. Ten cups!

It was like walking into a jungle to pick them — just wild! The bushes were so thick and so full of juicy red berries I had to keep moving branches around to make sure I got all the ripe ones. Every time I thought I could move onto the next set of branches, I’d see a couple more ripe ones.
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July 9: Jeepers, pumpkins sure are Creepers

I had a great pumpkin patch last year. We got 15 or so pumpkins of various sizes that Cassie had fun carving several of and I had fun making/baking delicious pumpkin seeds from. The only problem? They took over the garden. Big time.

I planted just a handful of seeds, but that was a couple more than was needed. I don’t remember them being that prolific in the garden growing up on the farm. Of course, our garden probably was at least a quarter-acre in size, so they had plenty room to grow without encroaching on other veggies!
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