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These are excerpts from the garden journal I keep each Garden Season and refer to in years after, comparing dates of things like frosts, bloom times, ground breaking etc. How does it compare to your garden notes ? I will publish the current month throughout the Growing Season.

November 2011

November 30

Most of the snow has melted away and we are having daytime temps in the 50s. Whatever.

November 27

Almost 3 feet of snow in the past month, white mulch, 2 storms. Not even December yet. Dug out the last of the Frost kissed carrots. They are always sweeter after a couple of frosts but I don’t think the snow really helps…

November 19

Still a few stalwart herbs bearing up, parsley, borage and thyme at least. A few roses don’t seem to realize it is no longer summer…

October 2011

October 10, 2011

Took out the veggie garden. We got the whole thing out and covered. I just need to rake out some onions soon. Moved the 2 planter boxes with the carrots closer and watered them well. Eventually we will get to the other gardens but this was the biggy. We separated everything we took out into 3 piles; weeds, compost (veggies gone by but too soft to shred), and stalks etc. to shred. Disposed of weeds, made a pile of shreddables to let dry for a week or so, and added compostables to composter, layered with dry leaves and ash, watered well. We also took out several buckets of awesome compost to put around the roses and strawberries when it gets colder.

September 2011

September 23, 2011

First day of autumn. Early in the week was in the 80s, last 3–4 days has been rainy and cooler. 60 this morning, rainy, foggy. Supposed to rain all weekend. Gives the garden a breather I guess. Need to let it dry out before it can be pulled out.

September 19, 2011

Frost over the weekend. Fortunately, most of the beds are high enough to be protected. Plants were nipped but not ruined. Still have some time.

Gathered some herbs to dry and to made herb vinegars over the weekend. Cut flowers. Picked some veggies.

September 16, 2011

47 degrees this morning. Frost predicted for this weekend, possibly as early as tonight! Brought in all potted geraniums, herbs and other plants. Should mine garden for veggies yet unpicked…Need to dig some Thai basil and rosemary to bring inside. 88 degrees two days ago. I’m not ready for this yet !

September 6, 2011

Bit of a hot and humid weekend with a few nights of hard rain. Garden seems to love it. Rainy today. Can’t believe we’ll soon be dodging frost… A few leaves already turning colors. Yikes !

August 2011

August 29

Well, lots of rain and wind but not the kind of damage we feared and that others received. Tree down around the corner, caused power outage for a while, but all in all, we were lucky. Wish other places were as fortunate. Mostly things blown around and wind-ragged, a bit soggy in places but sunny and breezy today so should help to restore the balance. Sunflowers blooming in reds, rusts and oranges.

Autumn Colors Sunflowers

August 27

Prepped all day for Hurricane Irene. Cut lots of flowers and herbs. Picked loads of veggies. Decided to let the birds have any remaining blueberries and grapes. Took in scarecrow and all garden ornaments and watering cans, anything not anchored. Put all potted plants into house and garden shed. All yard furniture and windchimes away.

August 20

Picked most of remaining rhubarb. Cooked it up and froze it for future recipes.. Loads of flowers for bouquets, perennials and annuals. Climbing strawberries are ripe. Sunflowers radiant.

August 12

White Hydrangeas coming in. Blue ones very intense. Zinnias awesome in veggie garden, adding lots of color there. Tomatoes galore. Making lots of sauces with the zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes and herbs. Blueberries going by. Grapes nearly ready to pick. Bed Strawberries just finishing up.

August 10, 2011    Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes ! All the tomatoes are ripening now, the Beefsteaks and Early Girls the Romas, Cherries and Patios in pots are all quite productive. Hydrangeas are filling the yard and the Lady’s Bedstraw is blooming. Love this time of year.
August 6, 2011

Picking Purple Peppers

Purple Peppers coming fast now. So pretty. Looks like rain. Still trying to save some rhubarb.

Today's Harvest

August 1, 2011

First sunflower and first Rose of Sharon bloomed today. Some Tomatoes, Zucchini, Summer Squash and a few peppers ready to eat.

Plump Grapes Nearly Ready to Pick
Hummingbird on the Garden Fence

July 21, 2011
Summer Squash were sweet and tender. More tomatoes ripening. Still lots of
peas and lettuce. So nice to be eating every evening, salad, steamed
vegetables or stir fry, from the garden. Blueberries still trickling in and
the squirrels are getting to the strawberries before I am. Herbs in
everything ! Mixing sorrel, basil, dill, parsley, red basil, oregano, chives, added to lettuce makes such a tasty salad !

July 24, 2011     Grapes are plumping up. Weather cooling a bit. Rhubarb will be happy. A few tomatoes and lots of Summer Squash ripe. Peas finishing up. Herbs going crazy.

Summer Squash Ready to Pick

July 19, 2011
Last week has been hot, high 80s to low 90s, and humid, rain night before
last, but otherwise, fairly dry. Blueberries slowly ripening. I am sharing with the birds. Daylilies of every color are opening and creating a rainbow in the yard.
Hostas are blooming. One of the most under appreciated flowers I think,
delicate and softly fragrant.

3 Summer Squash ready to eat, about 8 to 9 inches long. Will pick for supper
tonight. 2 Cherry Tomatoes yesterday, our first. One Early Girl will be ripe tomorrow.
Salad on Sunday of mixed Lettuce, Sorrel, Basil, Dill and Parsley, with a
few Cilantro buds mixed in. Yum ! Young hummingbird checking out the tomatoes (!!!???!!!) 2 evenings in a row now, with Hummingbird Vine just a few feet away…

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