Thursday, June 30

Wild Roses

 The wild roses in Maine are almost done blooming. These roses line the roadsides and seem to spring up everywhere. This volunteer is growing over our old swingset. It's about three years old now, and working its way across the top of the frame. I'm looking forward to the day when this creates a complete rose arch in a few years' time. 

Wednesday, June 29

Growing Vegetables in Five Gallon Buckets

 This year we are trying something new. Using an old picnic bench and various containers, we started a little container vegetable garden. Our biggest gardening problem is the lack of sunlight. We are surrounded by mature forest which casts shade much of the day. The containers allow us to move the veggies to follow the sun. My son planted tomatoes and nasturtiums in five-gallon buckets and they are thriving. We also have peppers, eggplant, herbs, lettuce, cucumbers, and flowers. 

What to do when it is just too Darn hot to Garden?

It has been a very hot summer everywhere. From what I have been told it is normal to get 100 plus days from the months here from  May to Oct...