July was a month of highs and lows. Fortunately we were presented with more highs than lows this month. After a very slow start the vegetable and herb gardens started producing to the point that I have been able to dehydrate a number of different herbs, can 20 pints of green beans, a dozen pints of 4 bean salad and six pints of baked beans. We have also been able to enjoy a variety of salads, kale and zucchini dishes, as well as selected raw vegetables form the gardens.
The tomatoes, Swiss chard, beets, carrots, parsnips, and many of the tree and bush fruits and maturing to the point that we will be able to pick them in the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, the winter squashes, collard and cabbages are growing slowly and struggled with the cool wet July weather. I am really starting to get a bit concerned about ability of some of the vegetables to mature before the first frosts set in this fall. Hopefully the rains will not come as often in August and we will have seasonably appropriate temperatures to spur plant growth.
The flower gardens loved all of the rain and unseasonably cool temperatures this month. We were blessed with some lovely summer blooms.
The middle of July I took a trip across the country to spend a bit a time support a relative that was dealing with a serious health issue. Fortunately my family member is recovering well and will return to very good health. Unfortunately, I had to cut my visit short because one of my spouses relatives passed away at the end of the month.
Hopefully August will be a much better month…Enjoy the rest of your summer.