July 8

The temperature cooled off just slightly so I spent quite a bit of time in the garden today.

Neil and Alex loved with the wild blueberries we picked in Minnesota while we were on the houseboat so we decided to try growing our own. Andy helped me dig out the sod so I could plant them today. I just need to get some mulch to put around them.

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I left the tags on the bushes so I can’t remember what the varieties are. 

I am utterly fascinated with the way the spaghetti squash grows. Those tendrils start out sticking straight out and they always find a way to wrap around something to hold on. It’s amazing. Makes me want to set up a time lapse camera just to see it happen.

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That literally happened between 2 pm and 8 pm today, It wasn’t attached at all before that. On the left, the blossom with the future squash right below it. There have been a lot of male blossoms but this is the first female. 
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You can see the bit of garden tape at the bottom of the photo. The vine was just above that when I attached it on Thursday morning. It’s now more than 18″ longer. 

I’ve been working on plans to install sprinklers for at least part of the garden to cut down on the the time it takes me to water everyday. I’m also hoping it cuts down on the water bill, which is running about $250 a month now. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on customized lines so I’m using soaker hoses in the raised beds. These will be connected together with a solid hose between each bed. I even learned how to cut hoses to the exact size and add new connectors at the end so they’re truly customized.

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One of the raised beds with drip hose installed. Four more to go!

For the plants on shelves, I found a drip system that for a decent price on Amazon. Neil helped me cut all of the hose and attach individual fittings going into each pot this afternoon and it works like a charm!

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I planted the basil in the front today. Can’t wait to make pesto! 

The patio is wet from the hose, not because they’re leaking. 🙂

 

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