Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I'm hanging on through the heat and humidity.  I really hate July and August.

We've had a little rain now and then.  It came down for a reasonable time yesterday afternoon.  That is most welcome.  It's been in the nineties steadily.  Tomatoes and peppers are developing nicely in the garden.  I've got a healthy looking eggplant growing in a pot up on the porch. 

Since I've taken the time to plant lettuce successively, there is plenty for salads.  Squash is out of control.  There are more spaghetti squashes than I can bake, scrape out and freeze, as I'm just about out of freezer space.  We have enjoyed one of several nice red meated watermelons and there are numerous cucumbers in the cooler from the first planting.  A new crop of long oriental cukes are going to be ready later this week.  The chickens are getting squash deliveries daily.

On Sunday, I planted lettuce and Brussels sprouts because I know this is the time to do so for a Fall crop.  If I can manage to breathe, I'll plant cabbage and broccoli this week.

The crows are picking off the pears in all day thieving sessions.  They are not even ripe, so I don't know what the fascination is with them.  Maybe they just love pears.  Meanwhile, I'm trying to protect the nearly ripe peaches and day lilies from deer and a menagerie of other would-be thieves by playing a radio all night along with blinking Christmas lights.  It is truly Christmas in July on our farm.


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CountryDew said...

Do the lights and noise work? We've taken to building small fences around everything to keep the deer away.

Redhen said...

The lights and noise work only in the short term. After a while, the creatures of the forest think you've simply been thoughtful in providing them with candlelight and dinner music.

We recently stripped all the peaches off the tree and let them finish ripening in the kitchen.

I also picked up all the pecked and bitten peaches and gave them to the chickens.

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Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Hi, I'm a first-time visitor to your blog and have to agree with you on really disliking the heat and jumidity of July and August. Where we live on ghe VA eastern shore it gets downright miserable. I found your blog through Anita's Blue Country Magic. We are planing an Oct road trip to the Blue Ridge area around Roanoke and beyond. Hopefully, we will have a chance to meet some fellow bloggers along the wy. Feel free to drop into our blog site for a visit anytime - we're friendly and really appreciate company, especially the back door kind.