July Garden Chores
Away for a week and I forget about what needs to be done. Weeding of course. I've discovered there's a big difference between aged horse manure and composted horse manure. The aged horse manure was full of pigweed seeds. I did a quick weed with the scuffle hoe before I went away but now there is a lot of handweeding to do. Bummer. The other small garden patch with composed manure has hardly any weeds. What else to do here in NH:
- put the tomato cages on. Some have started to sprawl and hooray some are starting to blossom.
- give all tomato and pepper plants and potted flowers a drink of fish emulsion
- cut garlic scapes off before I left and made a very yummy hummus. Last night made garlic scape and parsley butter and there's some leftover.
- some of the onions are putting up seed heads. Do I pluck those out? The sun is out but I better check my garden books.
- plant the parsnips I forgot to plant. Now that the ground is soggy and it's getting warm they should germinate fine.
- plant melon seeds. It may finally be warm enough and the started plants have succumbed. (Talked with a neighbor gardener and the cool spring/wet weather has caused him a lot of problems, too. Lost a lot of plants.)
-review garden log and box of seed packets. I still have to plant yard long beans and put a bean tower together. There's also an empty flower pot which means I ought to visit the nursery.
- turn the compost pile, rebulding with more layers of freshly cut grass and wood ashes. I don't think my pile got hot enough and I have a whole load of horse manure that was too fresh to use this year. Meant to turn it every week but it's been 3 weeks. I haven't quite got the knack of composting because it never gets hot. I have a really nice three bin system DH built for me, however.
Now that lettuce and other greens are picking size, maybe I should be starting more? Bush Sugar snap peas are full of blossoms. We've had a nibble but meals worths are about to come in. Second planting is a tall variety that is just sitting there only about a foot tall yet we have a very impressive concrete reinforcing somethingorother as a fence. DH bought too many panels for the garagemahal project, lucky me. No saggy cheap plastic netting this year. I will also need to find homes for the perennials received in a plant swap.
What do you need to do in your garden? I know I'm missing something because in a few weeks I'll have too many tomatoes and summer squash and not enough of other things. Today, finally some sun but temps in the high 80s ... hopefully those cute little lettuce plants are not going to bolt on me.
Ain't it grand? Everytime I get mine weeded we have a good rainfall that seems to carry weed seeds with it ;-) But as much as I complain, my garden has been great this year. No bugs except a few Japanese beetles that I pick off by hand. I need to harvest some banana peppers and jalapenos so they can keep producing and I'll have my first ears of corn next week. My black seeded simpson lettuce finally bolted this week....not bad for this late in the season.