How does your garden grow?

It has been a long time since I’ve been able to get into my garden.  Cold and wet weather has kept the growing season to a minimum. This is anything but a typical summer growing season here in Southwestern Wisconsin. The tomatoes are doing well despite the cooler nights and an inordinately large amount of moisture we have had. My peppers are still in the containers from the nursery and waiting to be put into the ground. Bags of mulch are piled up outside the garden fence waiting to be put around the tomatoes and onions. My poor strawberry plants are in shock and haven’t produced any fruit for 3 weeks.

Despite all the adverse conditions, my perennial garden is doing well. The lilies continue to blossom and the yucca blooms have stayed on for over 2 weeks until last night’s pouring rain stripped the stalk. The one thing that we have been able to count on is that the grass still needs mowing every week like clockwork. My guess is that about the time I get back to the school year, my tomatoes will be heavy on the vine and I’ll be up ’til the wee hours of the morning canning for the winter.

It’s been a long time since I’ve experienced a summer growing season such as this, but I look at it as a challenge.

I’m guessing it’s a sign telling me it’s WAY past time to do some long overdue housecleaning.

Stay tuned !!

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