LysmachiaMoon's blog: Rain

Posted on Jun 11, 2021 9:08 AM

Lots of rain. It started raining in earnest (and here too! *yuk, yuk*) yesterday around noon, and it's continued with on and off heavy rain overnight and into today. I estimate we got about 3/4 inch, maybe more.

I planted out my cukes, yellow summer squash, and zuchinni, all of which I started in pots earlier. This is the first time I've ever tried this; usually I just direct seed them. I don't think it bought me a lot of time though, so I might not do this next year. I think I'll also direct seed some of the same things to get later crop.

Harvested a nice little bunch of carrots from seeds I started way back in January in a deep pot. Again, I don't think that really bought me a lot of time so I don't think it's worth the trouble. If I direct seed carrots very late in the fall, let them overwinter, I'll probably get just as good or better a crop next year.

Peas look terrible. I'm going to spray them with soapy water again once the rain stops.

Harvested enough rhubarb to make 4 pints of preserves, plus 1 pint for eating now. Dang it, only 1 pint sealed, so I'll have to store all 4 pints in the downstairs fridge. I hope this was just me, and not the fact that I'm using those jars B. gave me OR those lids I ordered online (although I think I did order them from the Ball company and you'd assume they would be ok.)

Got the driveway bed and the front bed tidied up. I have a pedestal in the Front Bed with a small solar lantern on it. This year it's nearly invisible behind ferns, lilies, etc. so I moved the pedestal forward but the lantern looks too small and stingy. I would like to put my Japanese lantern (concrete) on it, but to do that I'll need to make some sort of base for the top of the pedestal. I might try casting one out of concrete, using one of those black plastic oil drip pans that I got from Dollar Tree for $1. They are really handy to have around the garden, they make great drip pans for big pots.

Spotted another groundhog nosing around the garden shed yesterday so I bought a cantaloupe and I'll have to set up the hav-a-hart trap today. I don't like doing this, but I can't have more damage. My friend B was upset because one of her dogs killed a young groundhog on her property; they have a den under her pool. She doesn't have a garden, so she looks on them as sort of pets.

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