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Farm Report

Buzz Buzz!Oh, Ohh!!!! OH! I saw A BEE!!!! A real honest to goodness honey bee! YEA!!! It’s the first one I have seen this year and I am WAY happy. Cause, man alive, if you have one, more will follow! I have been so worried that I haven’t seen any bees.  This may be a little case of instant Karma.  I saved a bee from a swatting at my parents house over the weekend.  I arranged for it to be released outside.  Perhaps having bees in my garden now is a cosmic thanks from the bee that was spared.  But, I digress…

I have MANY, and I mean HUNDREDS of cucumber blossoms out there, so, go- bees- go. I have a few tomato plants that are thriving and a few that are puny, but there is not fruit or blossoms anywhere on the tomatoes.  I have a few flowers on the pepper plants.  I have wee turnips and Brusselsprouts that have just come up.  And tiny corn (I have little hope about the few ears of corn I have, but will be happy just to dry the stalks and be Fall-ish with my decorating). I may yet get a melon or two, but I have ZERO squash producing (For some reason, I have no female flowers on the plants.  Thanks to eTrish for giving me gay squash.)

(Husband’s note: he says I shouldn’t say GAY squash.  “He prefers I use “Monastic Squash” .  You decide.  I’m just saying that I see a bunch of male blossoms hang together out there in the tubs, not a female in sight.  Until I hear some shape-note chanting and the clack of rosary beads, I’m sticking by my choice of words. )

I think the beans are winding down.  My mint and savory plants are going gangbusters.  Bees!  Oh, joy.

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As Elly would say, ” I want Greeny Beanies!”

Your wish is my command little princess.

She likes to eat the Green Beens, yes, indeed.

She likes to eat them cooked with meat, she will eat them with her feet.

She will eat them boiled or raw; She will eat them with a slaw.

… Ooops. Cat in the Hat scratch fever…

Anyway – My garden is teeming with new green beans. They are just eating up this 90 – degree heat. I can hardly keep them watered enough (I’m watering the buckets twice a day now. Hello? Some rain please??? I’ll get a rain barrel, but at the moment it would be bone dry, too.)

Either tonight or tomorrow I will don the DEET suit and go out there to harvest the greeny beanies. I am thrilled! There could be pictures…

Also, my seeds are on the way! Just in time for me to pull the last of the dead lettuce and bring the long pot inside to plant…. turnips and carrots.

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I’ve been off my blog game for a little while, cause there’s just been too much going on to blog about.

Then I started feeling behind.

So, rather than catching up, I am just going to lump it. Sorry. I have nothing to say about my Memorial Day weekend. I LOVED visiting with my sister and brothers-in-law. It was great. Bygones.

I’ve worked hard all day today being a mother and playgroup leader and trying to beat back the dirt and clutter in my home. After several hours of this, the laundry is still winning, the babies are still “leaking” and the filth is making plans behind my back. Evil plans. What-are-we-going-to-do-tonight,-Brain kind of plans. Pinky, this would be the worst time possible for me to have some “me time.”

So, let me tell you about my garden!

I’m super duper-happy about it. I know now why eTrish tells the blog world to go pound sand and slips off to Carter’s Acres. The plants, they don’t talk back, even when you trim their fingernails branches. If the seeds are old and tired, plant them anyway. Some will sprout despite your neglect, or ineptitude, or general lack of patience or restraint. I have a beans a-flowering. I have a tiny okra on my sad, stunted lone okra plant. I have squashes and melons about to bloom. I’ve harvested two giant bowls full of salad greens. I’ve eaten ONE green pepper already and the beat goes on! Corn is getting taller. Yes, I have corn in my container garden. What of it? All the journals say you can’t grow corn on the deck; read it and weep! But, I’d rather weed it and reap. IF I don’t get a single ear, I won’t care. I will dry out those mini stalks and make something Fall Festive out of it.

Whether I get bushels of tomatoes or nary a molehill of beans, I don’t care. I love puttering out there. It’s restive, and that’s all a busy mommy wants. Catch up with you later… Until then, here is a gallery of my garden. (Hold your mouse over the picture to get a title, or click to read the captions. And, yes, those are upside down tomatoes.)

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