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Wow, Although it's not truly summer yet, it sure feels as though summer is in full swing! We've had 2 more chicks hatch today and it appears as though another is trying

Its been incredibly hot here the last week or so, reaching 100+ F. Although we've received tons of warnings on the weather radio for severe thunderstorms, etc, so far, we haven't seen a drop of rain in weeks. My dear friend Kim is getting nailed in South Dakota, with flooding as far as the eye can see. I certainly hope that her rain finds its way to our house soon, perhaps not in the quantities that she's been receiving though!

In the meantime, I'm blessed to have a well for watering my garden, flowers and lawn. I shudder to imagine what my water bill would be by now. A couple short months ago, I shared my favorite method of gardening- Mound Gardening. Well, my hard work is certainly paying off in droves now. The only problem now is finding the time to home-can the bountiful harvest.

So far I've got 2 huge rows of tomatoes (most of them green right now), several bell pepper plants loaded with beautiful peppers, jalepenos, basil, rosemary, peas, pumpkins, crookneck summer squash and 1 little tiny butternut squash. (Garden Photos Here )

My cucumbers didn't fare so well the first time around, so I recently added several more plants. This time, I'm hoping that I have the correct nitrogen levels! I really enjoy gardening, but I've never really had a "green" thumb.
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Size:  9.5 KB I attribute this years "success" to a handy little gadget that I purchased at walmart for under $30, an automatic Orbit Water timer. It's a digital timer that runs on 2 "AA" Batteries. So far, the batteries have lasted a couple months without any issue. You can set the timer to run 1x,2x,3x or more per day and for however long you like. My garden is watered twice daily for 45 minutes at a time.

They have single outlet timers, but this particular timer allows you to have it set to water, but at the same time, you can still attach another hose (for watering your animals, or washing your car, etc). Also, I did purchase one of the "single" outlet timers and it stuck "on". I returned it, got another in its place and it too got stuck in the "on" position. I now have several of the dual timers and none of those have had any issues (knock on wood!). Too often I get involved in other projects and forget to tend the garden, the timer helps me "fix it and forget it".

Here are some recently updated photos of my garden including:


  • Bell Peppers
  • Summer Squash
  • Eggplant
  • Various Squash/Gourds
  • Zucchini

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  1. wilbe95's Avatar
    Liss if I had the power I would surely spread the rain your way .
    In my garden I have wax beans, green beans, corn, watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkins, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, tomotoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes, and onions. Oh an blueberries. I have never tested my soil-wing it, but somehow they keep growing. I am right there with you on the harvesting. Already decided that I will have to take vacation time to do the canning or see how long I can survive without sleep.
  2. FreebieQueen's Avatar
    Already decided that I will have to take vacation time to do the canning or see how long I can survive without sleep.
    Yah, lol- I think moms spend a good part of their life as zombies. I would have loved to plant beans, but I didn't get around to it yet. My cantaloupe doesn't seem to be getting very big. I have the CUTEST little eggplant growing, it looks like a little plum right now. Is it normal to call your garden contents adorable?

    As for testing your soil, I usually wing it too, but this time around I was bummed when My Cukes bit the dust. I HAVE to make pickles, people are expecting them. You can test the soil acidity with a pinch of baking soda to 1 T of soil. If it fizzes it means your ph is probably less than 5. To test if it's highly alkaline you take 1 T (dry) garden soil and add a couple drops of vinegar. If the soil fizzes the ph is above 7.5
    I never buy those ridiculously expensive little kits at the store.

    I wish you lived closer, we could do a canning bonanza, imagine all the jars we could put away for the year.
  3. wilbe95's Avatar
    I have the CUTEST little eggplant growing, it looks like a little plum right now. Is it normal to call your garden contents adorable?
    Sure its normal, I am all the time saying things like...what a cute little tomatoe, yeah I have the cutest little peppers starting....of course I might not be well, .

    I wish you lived closer, we could do a canning bonanza, imagine all the jars we could put away for the year.
    That would be awesome, the way the boys have started eating I could use a ton of food put away
  4. DorofromKs's Avatar
    You should have a canning party!