Monday, June 15, 2020

Backyard garden update

GOOOOOD morning!  I have been spending a LOT of time in the backyard with the family lately.  Summer and I even camped out.  Fun times.  We even went out and looked at the stars and she said she has never looked at the stars before.  
The garden is doing pretty well.  The first photo is the onion, lettuce, and pea bed.  I got new topsoil and compost, but the onions do not seem to like the soil as much a my old soil.  Not sure why.  Peas are doing great and we just walk out there and pick them and eat the while we are running around the backyard.

Strawberry bed is doing well.  I have already pinned down 11 new runners and look forward to filling in the bare spots better this year.  I was not great at pinning them down the past few years so I am going to be better this year.  I took old hangers and bent them into U pins and tied on some yard to see it and pull it later this year when the roots are set.  Plus then I can cut the daughter plant off of the mother plant.  I also have a yellow cherry tomato plant in the corner because it was so bare.  Hopefully next year it is all strawberries.  The berries have been decent this year, but not enough for my liking, considering it is a full bed and only for berries.
Tomatoes and peppers are doing well.  Tomatoes took off quick with the heat the past few weeks.  Peppers take a little longer.  Both are full of blooms.  The front of the peppers has some cilantro planted, but not sprouted yet.  
Behind the back fence is the vine plants. The biggest plants are the cucumbers.  The melons are smaller and need more heat to get going.  I had a deer or some critter eat the plant all the way to the ground and killing a few plants.  I had to plant new ones and I am using milk jugs with the bottom and top cut off to allow the plants to get bigger.  Once they get large enough, past the succulent size, then they should be fine.  Excited to see how these do this year.  I also used some of the new soil back here because the soil was not great last year. 
Still been running lately.  I went for a run/hike last Thursday and I was not used to hiking in a certain pair of running shoes and my neuroma started to flare up then. I flared up more this weekend and was very painful on Saturday.  Sunday I wore more cushioned shoes and it didn't flare up until later into the run. But we had fun and did 5 miles in the stroller yesterday with sandwiches and snacks.  
We are still watching a big area of low pressure spinning to our southeast and that will trigger more isolated light rain showers today. It also kept our temperatures very comfortable over the weekend and we will slowly start warming up this week. So today, mostly to partly cloudy with a few spotty showers and highs in the upper 70s. More showers possible to the south and east today. Tonight the low pressure moves a little farther away so we start warming up and drying out more for the middle of the week. Overnight temps this week will be around 60 for the start of the week and warm to around 70 by the end of the week. Tuesday should be dry with sun & a few clouds and highs near 80. We slowly warm each day and we are back into the upper 80s for high temps by the end of the week with sun & a few clouds most of the week. By Friday we could see a few pop-up showers, 20% chance. A slightly better chance for more showers popping up for the weekend, 30% chance, with highs near 90 and humidity climbing. Fitting since Summer officially arrives Saturday. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

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