Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Little White House garden on the 4th of July~

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Despite the fact that our region has been labeled “exceptional drought” and the temperatures have been above 100 degrees for most of June and into July, the garden is doing fairly well.  (The grass, not so much.)  Here is what’s been going on in our garden. ~

July 3, 2011 053 We will get to enjoy our first cantaloupe tomorrow.  (It’s chilling in the frig as we speak.)

July 3, 2011 055 We only have two watermelons but they are the best looking watermelons we’ve ever grown!  We can not wait to enjoy these beauties.

July 3, 2011 062 We have the most beautiful zucchini plants we’ve ever been able to grow because of our problems with squash borer worms…

July 4, 2011 076 which is obviously still a problem because the zucchinis just shrivel up!  Next year, I guess we’ll be covering our plants with tulle and hand pollinating…or maybe we’ll just buy our squash at the Farmer’s Market.  I was really looking forward to some zucchini bread too. 

July 4, 2011 043Surprise sunflowers are popping up all over the garden because my two older sons decided to surprise me.  I love the unexpected sunflowers all over the place. 

July 4, 2011 081 We are having a great year for tomatoes except the heat and water problems are causing them to crack.  I’ve just been having to harvest them a little earlier than I normally would and let them finish ripening in the house.

Speaking of tomatoes…

Guess what we did today?

July 4, 2011 057 We made more salsa!

We just canned six pints a few weeks ago and the family finished off the last pint today.  I wonder how long these six pints will last?

July 4, 2011 058 I had a little help with the veggie chopping today during the salsa making party.  ~smile~

July 4, 2011 071 We cleared out the yard waste compost pile and have made a sitting area in the garden.  I love it!  At the end of the day, I love to sit here with my sweet tea and watch the chickens while surrounded by the garden plants.  With all of the sounds of the insects around me, I almost forget that I’m in the middle of the city and not on a country farm. 

July 4, 2011 088 After finishing the canning tonight, I headed out to the garden and picked a few sunflowers, purple coneflowers, and wildflowers.  They sat on the table beside me as I soaked up the sights and sounds of…

kids splashing in the pool

my husband watering the garden for me

the city chicks running around the garden

and

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thunder!

The Good Lord sent us some relief tonight with some much needed rain.

July 4, 2011 100  Instead, I sat inside with my sweet little flowers, a new batch of tomatoes, a bowl of ice cream and watched the rain fall.  

And I am thankful for God’s many blessings on our Little White House.

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9 comments:

  1. LOVE! My fingers can't even get my squealing across! I ADORE your garden. I want one just like that. Oh, wait, is that coveting? Shoot. I'll work on that...I love it all the same, and all those pictures of 'maters, and melons and SALSA! What is your recipe? I haven't ever made it to can, but that might be something to try!

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  2. and I forgot to tell you that I also LOVE the new Tea spot that your son is modeling so well!!!

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  3. Lovely lovely garden!! And the fresh picked flowers are lovely too!

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  4. homegrownbeeyoutifulJuly 6, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    I'm completely digging this post:0)
    and you know why.
    it's loaded with all things summery and good.

    Love your new garden sspot!

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  5. Green Bean ChroniclesJuly 6, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    What a pretty pretty garden you have! And I'm SO jealous of those melons. We canNOT grow those here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  6. Dorothy Ramseyer Vande KieftJuly 6, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Your garden is beautiful!!!!

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  7. Thanks y'all! I appreciate you all stopping by my garden and leaving me a comment. You all made my day! :)

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  8. wow your garden looks very good! look at all the vegetables your getting! i love the lay out of it and the sitting area! so relaxing sittin in the garden. what a blessing you got rain!!

    debbie

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  9. I love your garden!!! It's gorgeous. I'm proud of my messy little garden, but I really hope to have a prettier one next year.

    ~Lynn

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