Still, I have some nice photos to show you, although production has slowed down and much of the garden seems stunted. Cantaloupes, for example are small, and have stopped flowering.
|Cantaloupe and bush beans.|
But they've been tasty. Green beans are slow too, and I've only been able to can six quarts so far.
|Sweet potatoes and marigolds|
|My 3 rows of okra don't seem to be growing at all.|
|In one of the old, unkempt beds of the garden I discovered several|
clumps of multiplier onions that escaped being harvested last fall.
|Cucumbers and dill along a cattle panel|
trellis with sunflowers in the background.
Most of the cucumbers have been bitter from the lack of water,
but the plants are loaded with flowers and honeybees.
|Honeybees visit the sunflowers too.|
The next two rows of trellises are tomatoes, along with more dill, sweet basil, and multiplier onions.
|Sam keeps me company while I work in the garden. He has tomato|
plants on the left and Jerusalem artichokes behind him on the right.
|Tomatoes are just beginning to ripen.|
The first of my tomatoes all suffer from blossom end rot. Gardeners know this is caused by a lack of calcium, but it's not necessarily because calcium is lacking in the soil. It can be caused by something interfering with the plants calcium uptake, things like not enough moisture in the soil.
Another place loaded with honeybees is in the popcorn.
Last year I was rather unceremoniously corrected by a number of people when I mentioned that I looked forward to our bees helping pollinate the corn. Corn is wind pollinated, which of course is true, but having seen bees in my corn in the past I added corn to the list of plants my bees would help. It would have been more correct to say that the corn helps the bees rather than the bees help the corn.
|Honeybee busy collecting pollen in the popcorn. The grain-like|
things are called "anthers," and they bear pale yellow corn pollen.
My bees have been busy in the popcorn stuffing their pollen baskets! And if they happen to knock down some of the pollen laden anthers which fall on the tassels, I won't complain.
|Popcorn tassels. Each strand is a potential corn kernel.|
A dry summer is hard on honeybees because less is blooming, so there is less nectar and pollen for them to live on. When that's the case they must utilize their honey stores, which can mean a smaller honey harvest in the fall.
Unfortunately we cannot collect enough water to water everything. I focus on the garden, but other things like fruit trees and bushes suffer.
|Blueberries waiting to ripen|
July is my month to harvest blueberries. The bush is loaded but the berries are small. Without enough water they will remain small and not be sweet and juicy when they ripen. Rain is in the forecast, though, so here's hoping.
Mid-Summer Garden Report © July 2016