- Who can find a virtuous woman? her price is far above rubies
- ...with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard
Thankfully, the heat doesn't make this New Zealand spinach bolt, and since it's in a container, I can position it to get some shade for at least part of the day. I need to find or make a trellis, these are just about ready to start running.
I thought I'd lost my basil last week--on my day for container watering, I came home to NO water--our rural water system had a leaky pipe, so they cut us off (with no warning, might I add) for about 18 hours. Thankfully it perked right back up when I was finally able to water the next day. The rosemary right above it just sort of sits there, and the smaller New Zealand spinach is recovering nicely from the day I stepped on it while I was dead-heading my petunias.
These are some marigolds I started from seed--I was late with these, but they usually do pretty well in the heat, so I'm hoping these will give me some color when everything else is drooping. They are surrounded by a monkey vine...
...that wants to wrap around everything except the post that I want it to wrap.
Another hot-weather favorite of mine, periwinkles. They should fill this bowl nicely, and can recover from the worst heat--just a little drink seems to perk them right up, even in the oven-like temperatures we usually don't experience until later in the summer.
We've been praying for rain, not just for us, but for the farmers and ranchers who are really beginning to hurt. The news reports widespread crop and pasture failures--while those parishes on the eastern side of the state are still facing floods! As much as I wish my little patch was doing better, I'm thankful that I'm not really dependent on it my for food, or to make a living. It could be a wonderful supplement, but I will still be able to feed my family without it. Others are not so blessed.
I never did try the powdered milk for fertilizer, thing, but my mother did, and her plants have done about as well on reconstituted powdered milk as they have with a light fertilizer. I did read again that it works well for tomatoes, so maybe I'll give my tomato plants a drink of milk this week. It's the calcium that does it, I know, but it does seem to me that if you have a plant or some dirt that you know needs calcium, this would be a safe and "green" way to take care of it.
This post is linked to:
Tuesday Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern DaydreamerFrugal Gardening 101 at Cents to Get Debt Free, Amy's Finer Things, and Smockity Frocks
Until next time...