It seems that the dry spell has come to an end. With only half an inch of rain for May and with June half over at 2 inches of rain we seem to be back on track for precipitation. The gardens are just about fully planted. A little later we’ll have a look. This is a rather lengthy and perhaps boring post. Oh, and there are also some really disgusting bits. I apologize in advance.
Let me tell you about my vow of silence!!
So Father’s Day was pretty good. I’m a lucky guy to get Father’s Day a week after my birthday! And it’s just SUPER when those fall on Sunday! After breakfast and the weekly dump trip, we went to the feed store in search of some more seeds. Found the carrot seeds but no pumpkin seeds. That’s a bad thing. We need them punkins. After the required Sunday dawdling and planting some carrot seeds, I took a bike ride to Newport.
As mentioned the Chicken Farmer graffiti is restored.
Got home at about 6:30. My daughter was there and got me a wonderful Father’s Day gift, one of my favorite things: a six pack of Long Trail Double Bag. Thanks sweetie!! We arranged to go get some fried seafood takeout from the High Tide over in Hillsborough (a 20 minute drive). It was good, but I recommend eating it there unless you live in Hillsborough. Then takeout would work. Fried stuff doesn’t travel well. Their onion rings are wonderful!!
So I have today off from work and arranged for the guy to come and pump out the septic tank. Originally he was to come in the later afternoon, but he came in the later morning instead. I’d already uncovered the top of the tank. It costs $240 for the “honey wagon” to come suck all the sewage poo out of the 1,000 gallon tank then take it away. The young fellow was cheerful and fast. You know I had to take some pictures. For those of you keeping track, we’d last pumped out our tank 4 years ago. It was February 2004, and our toilets were not flushing well. So we waited a little too long. But the tank was healthy! There were little tiny scatophagous maggot creatures wiggling around, doing their best work on our disgustingly human waste.
The “honey wagon” has a vacuum tank and a long long hose.
A job to be glad that you don’t have.
I guess I owe you an apology Internet. The title of this post is Mid June Garden Update and here I’ve literally dragged you through the … well you know. I’m sorry. I DID warn you … But you should be glad I didn’t get a good video of the poo-chompers at work. I tried. How disgusting are they? (Rhetorical question) So disgusting that they would turn even Romi’s stomach! Moving on … Let’s see where were we?
Oliver had a trim the other day. My wife bought some new blades for the clipper. They were nice and sharp! The Dog don’t like being clipped.
His eyes burned with the fires of Hades! He tried to bite the clippers.
I had to help hold him still after taking the photo. Toward the end of the procedure he was really mad. Growling and snapping. I had to hold his mouth closed and scratch his neck (his favorite type of heavy petting). If getting-a-haircut-Oliver had a last name, which he doesn’t, then his middle name could be Cerberus, that wacky hell-hound. Luckily, without a last name one cannot have a middle name. Right?
But the result is worth the trouble. Happy cool dog with a giant head.
Lookin’ good Oliver! (This chipmunk has lately been taunting Oliver mercilessly.)
So the aloe vera plant at work is doing its thing again. I posted about this magnificent plant back in February. Thanks to Nancy for keeping this plant happy and telling me when it starts flowering.
It’s just getting started. I wonder if it makes seeds?
Back at home, the garlic is starting form scapes. Now I find out that you’re supposed to be picking the scapes before they start to curl. But they look so cool when they do that!
Almost like question marks. Garlic asks: WHY? WHAT? HUH?
The Hood River Garlic Farm has a wonderful website. I see that I planted my garlic way too close together last fall. So the garlic bulbs, which should be harvested in July, will probably be pretty small. Oh well, next fall I’ll know better. Garlic is bed #1. Bed #2 is some lettuce and about a half dozen tomato plants. The main tomato patch is behind the barn, but it’s nice to have some tomatoes close by.
Bed #3 (left edge of frame) is (are?) peas. They’re flowering.
Bed #4: onions in back, brussels sprouts in foreground.
Note the thick band of weeds between the peas and bed #4. They are growing in the path between the the beds and are thick with chamomile, poppies, dill, and mustard. Weeding there will cause too much “collateral damage” to the plants we want to keep. Plus, the weeds in the path are harder to pull because the soil is more compacted from us walking on it. And the other thing is that the peas don’t seem to mind having the weeds shade them a little? These are the top 3 excuses for not weeding.
This is starting to get a little boring isn’t it? Read on, please, and don’t forget my 100% Money Back Guarantee. Anyway, beds 5 and 6 are cabbages (green and purple), cauliflower, and broccoli. If I’m bored with this how must you feel, Internet?
Bed 7: carrot seeds just planted, bed 8: glads, green beans. The rocks are the first cairn attempt after CuriousC’s Cairn Meme. FAIL.
By way of apologizing again I submit that this post is as much for my own garden records as anything. Apologizing for the tedium I mean. I often feel this way when giving garden tours to people who politely ask for them. I feel their boredom too. Justa buncha plants. Sheesh. La dee da.
Hey look, we got a new bird feeder! The perches are a little short for the grosbeaks- they have to flap a little.
OK and here’s what Oliver looked like before he got his trim.
Whaddya mean “get a haircut kid”?!? You talkin’ a ME?
Beds 15, 16, 17: hot peppers, peas, cauliflower and the jerusalem artichokes.
Look we skipped a bunch of beds. You didn’t miss much so don’t worry. To wrap up the garden update, here’s a final shot of the corn, tomato, and winter squash patch over behind the horse barn. My wife found some pumpkin seeds today at the farm store down in Henniker. Thank heaven! Another disaster averted.
The corn is there but pretty much invisible. Squash out of frame left. Paste tomatoes near the barn.
I’m sure everybody is wondering where I planted the rutabagas this year. Well I didn’t plant any. And I probably won’t. Last year I WAY overdid it on the rutabagas and many of them went into the compost after they started sprouting around February. Probably not gonna plant no taters either. However, we are trying to grow some okra and cotton. So there ya go- the Mid June Garden Update.