In the Garden, Week 10

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Here we are at week 10 and the morning glory vines that climb the fence in the backyard are in full bloom. This means that the first day of school is right around the corner, which always makes me a little sad. But I love them anyway, and morning glories are really easy to grow. I simply let them go to seed and they sprout again the following summer.

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I was surprised to see that my wisteria was blooming again this week. A second bloom doesn’t usually happen until mid to late September, so this must mean we’ve had a great growing season with plenty of rain. The hummingbirds and bees, including the busy bee shown here, love the blooms as much as I do, which gives me a good reason to leave the vine growing on the pergola. At one time I thought we should really be using the vertical space to grow something “productive” like concord grapes. But if the birds and bees are happy with this arrangement, I’m happy too.

In the community garden plot, I reserve space in the corner for growing flowers to please the pollinators (above, right). This year I sprinkled some cosmos seeds in among the perennial phlox and lilies. I love the cheery splash of color they add to the otherwise all-green garden.

The garden finally got the attention it deserves this week. Brian and I were sans kids, as they were out of town camping with the grandparents. With a little extra time on our hands, we actually walked to the garden twice to weed, water, and harvest. Brian took on the daunting task of weeding the strawberry patch, which looked as if it had been taken hostage by crab grass and dandilions. Here’s a photo of him hard at work, while I’m slacking behind the camera (aka the iPhone).

I also found an evening to try that pepperoncini recipe I mentioned in last week’s post. These are supposed to sit for 3 weeks, but I’m not sure they’ll make it that long…they are chilling in the refrigerator as we speak. I’ll let you know how they turn out.

Until next week, check out The Nitty Gritty Gardening Book for fun and easy garden projects. Happy growing!

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