I was sweating bullets this year with my usual lateness in planting my garden. This year I was slowed by not having a rototiller working. When it came back after a several hundred dollar fix, the tire went flat. I gave up on asking The Farmer for anymore garden help because he is so darn busy haying and moving sheep around. I called a local landscaper who for $100 did a bang-up job plowing my soil. Next year, I will call Doug early. Someone remind me please!
I have pretty much given up growing many veggies because they are in such bounty at the Farmers Market where I sell our lamb meat at. And those organic farmers do such a superior job to what I ever can do. This year, I limited my veggies to cukes, zucchini, yellow squash, and basil and put the rest of the garden into annual flowers for cutting bouquets. Flowers are seriously what I love. They inspire me and give me great joy.
I put half my garden into sunflowers - about 13 varieties. I didn't begin planting until after the 4th of July and was still planting in late July. I have been sweating bullets that they wouldn't bloom. I can't water because we don't have enough water in our well so I rely on Mother Nature. About 2 weeks ago, we had a massive morning thunder and lightening storm which caused all kinds of grief but it did wonders for my sunflower crop. The water combined with extreme heat and humidity and a thorough weeding job did the trick. I'm happy to report the Sunflowers at Leyden Glen Farm will bloom and it will be a gorgeous show here on the blog.
Here are some photos of my late summer garden. I hope you are enjoying your day off if you have one for Labor Day. Hopefully I will now be back here on the blog a bit more now that summer is over and a routine has developed. I missed writing to you all! Enjoy the day!