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While the Gardener is Away…

July 2nd, 2013

The plants will continue to grow quite nicely and the weeds grow twice as fast.
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The chickies will grow into miniature chickens.
Welcome Home Garden 1
The peas are flush with pods, we harvested our first batch and enjoyed them for supper last night and the broccoli isn’t far behind.
Welcome Home Garden 3
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It rained so much that the slugs made my cabbage look like swiss cheese. The pigs don’t mind the slugs and enjoyed it for supper last night.
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I’ve certainly got my work cut out for me in the coming weeks ahead. No doubt I’ll be spending every spare moment out weeding, trying to get the garden back under control. Stay tuned tomorrow to see what the 5×5 Challenge Garden looks like.

Do you notice that things seem to change almost overnight in the garden this time of year?

10 Comments to “While the Gardener is Away…”
  1. angie h on July 2, 2013 at 7:01 am

    It does seem to happen over night! I’ve been helping dog sit and garden sit for my uncle. I only have to check on everything during the week now. And yesterday half of their garden was overtaken by weeds since I had been there Friday! Of course, they don’t use compost or mulch and I truly see the difference in the amount of weeds one will get in comparison!

    Luckily they are home today, I did weed a bit around the plants b/c I couldn’t walk away and leave them that way, but my aunt will have a lot of garden weeding to do in the coming day!

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  2. kathi Cook on July 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I almost dread going on vacation this time of the year. We are leaving next week for 2 weeks and I know I will return to the same thing. I may mulch heavily with hay or grass clippings reduce the weeds. Your snow peas look great. I already picked my broccoli-seems early to me. Isn’t it great to be home!

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  3. Misti on July 2, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Things do change overnight, don’t they? One day you are wondering if something is going to grow and the next thing you know your corn is 5′ tall!

    And the weeds…you pick ’em and then next week there they are once again.

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  4. Rhonda on July 2, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Hmmmm … that’s what our ONE cabbage looks like. It’s our only surviving cabbage and it looks like lace. I didn’t know it was slugs doing the damage. :-/ I wish I had some chickens to feed it to.

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  5. laura on July 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

    oh they most definitely do. we’ve had so much rain that just getting outside to take a look at things is difficult. But it is really good for my water bill. haha!

    i’m having to go through the pumpkin patch and make little paths around the base mounds and their sprout area to weed and mulch enough that they can get the water they need. hopefully i’ll get it under control soon. but i do love going out and seeing all the little blooms on the other plants. :-)

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  6. Debbie from Ohio on July 2, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I’ve been following your blog for some time and LOVE IT! I would like to know what type of broccoli you planted, my heads never looked that good.

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    • Susy on July 2, 2013 at 11:12 am

      These are plants I got from the local high school career center and are ‘Bay Meadows’ from Johnny’s. I tend to grow the heirloom varieties but purchased these to support the local kids. They seem to be doing very well and are the nicest heads I’ve ever had in my garden as well.

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  7. whit on July 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Welcome home! Agreed…the curse of going away in the summertime is all the weeding left to do. Not to mention the growing up the critters do that we miss out on. What are we to do though when family is out of state?

    Happy gardening,

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  8. DebbieB on July 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    We were on our anniversary vacation (34 years!!) two weeks ago, and when we returned home after a week away, our zucchini and squash plants were all dead. I found nasty big white larvae burrowed into their stems. I don’t know if I could have saved them if I’d been home – I probably wouldn’t have known the larvae were in there. Guess I’ll be eating zucchini from the farmer’s market.

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  9. Amy S on July 2, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    I’m still recovering from my vacation early in June with the weed issue. I will have to take a picture of it once it’s done and show you how it should look. get some rest and get to pulling! overall doesn’t look too bad…could always be worse, right?

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