So where to start? Maybe with the lawn. We had some rain and then we had some hot weather and the lawn grew like crazy. It was hard to keep up. I didn't keep up. So, part of it had to be mowed twice, once with the deck up and then again with the deck down. There was all those grass clippings to pick up. So I have been using the lawn sweeper to collect the clippings and I am using them as mulch to keep down the weeds in the garden and it has been working so I decided that with the abundance of clippings that I could use them a few more places.
Here is the blueberry bed after I weeded it, added a soil amendment to help acidify the soil, threw on some old pine needles to also acidify the soil, watered it well and then covered the soil with a nice thick layer of grass clippings.
|no more berries|
Here is my apple project that I worked on Saturday. I noticed that when I mow I cannot get close enough with the mower so I dug up the sod to make the circle larger and mulched with grass clippings to help keep the weeds down.
Can you see the apples? They are getting bigger!
While I have been mowing I have not been weeding so you will see a few (I wish it was only a few) weeds in these pictures. Here is our dill.
These are acorn squashes...flowering but no fruits yet.
And butternut squashes in the front and pumpkins in the back...
The vine crops are starting to move so it is time to begin evaluating the spacing of the plants for next year and to consider which would benefit from trellising of some sort to grow vertically. At this point in time the zucchini and yellow squashes are just starting to set fruit, the butternuts, acorns and pumpkins are flowering and the melons are not flowering yet. The melon plants are also smaller, lower to the ground with smaller leaves.
This is the row of cucumbers green ones on the left side of the fence and lemon cukes on the right side of the fence.
Pole beans climbing the fence...
Next post--tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, potager