The weather this evening turned cooler after 7:30 so I went out into the garden. I’d planned on picking the green beans in the morning but since it was cool I went ahead and picked three of the 5 rows. I didn’t get much, but not bad for the first picking and the plants are full of blooms. I’ll finish picking in the morning. Looks like I’ll be canning tomorrow when I get home from work.
I picked 16 more Sweet Banana Peppers this evening. That’s a total of 38 off 4 plants. I remain stunned that my pepper plants are doing so well. The Bell Peppers are getting big enough to pick, but they are not turning orange like they should.
Waiting for the red…
Pretty little cantalope…
One last note: Sears called today and said my tiller was not repairable and would give me a replacement. YEAH! I can till the garden again; it needs it…BAD.
It has not rained in over 2 weeks now and the ground is very dry. I’ve noticed that the ground in the deep woods along our lane to the house are looking dry. Even though, the queens anne lace, yarrow, and the black-eyed susans are blooming like crazy along the road sides and fields. There is a queens anne lace that bloomed last year right next to the mailbox and this year it is back; so pretty.
This is last yrs. bloom:
The garden is doing well. I am having to water something everyday. I’ve a rotation on the watering of the corn, green beans and tomatoes to every other day. I keep waiting for the green beans to bloom, but I’ve not seen any. I just know that they would if the rain would shower on them. There is just something about rain water that is better than tap water that just makes plants come alive.
The potato plants still have blooms on top of them. I’d say the blooms have been there a couple of weeks; looks like a flower garden.
My orange bell pepper plants are making, but the peppers are green so far. I am new to growing these and I don’t understand why they’re green and not orange. Perhaps they will turn orange as they mature. (?) I know if they don’t I’ll have to give them away; green bell peppers don’t like me.
It is time to plant the okra and I’ve got a bit of a grassy patch in the garden where they go. This morning 7:00 ish I headed up there to till and in the end it didn’t go well. I started with the grassy patch (did I mention Bermuda Grass? Previous Post) and just as I finished that the tiller died. I discovered it had Bermuda grass wrapped all around the blades; so I cut that out with some sissors. The tiller wouldn’t start. I looked at the blades and discovered that one of the locking pins was not sitting right so I took it out with much effort. I compared it to the other side and that sides pin moved freely. So I reset the blades by pushing them toward the center (the blades are removeable for putting on an attachment) and replaced the locking pin. The tiller did not start. The tiller went back into the shed and I am in my cool house in front of my fan. Bad side…I did need to till a few patches of grass here and there. Good side of this story…I did what I went out to do.