Last year I set a goal to harvest something from my yard every day, whether it be veggies or fruits (which usually never made it into the house!), herbs for cooking, or eggs from the Snowflakes. With my hens in hiding, my egg intake has disappeared, which impacted my harvest count dramatically, but I’m still gathering a fair amount from the garden.
Saturday’s lunch was three Honey Delight figs and my first Anna’s apple, supplemented with goat cheese.
I had a smoothie yesterday with a full handful of perfect strawberries.
Next up – TOMATOES!!!
So, Mi Esposo and I were relaxing, watching a little TV. The door was open, and a fresh summer breeze was wafting through the family room. I could smell the Angel Trumpets blooming out in the front yard. It was a lovely evening. Then……
Bam! Cats came careening through the door, and the dog was confused by something flying around the room. What was it?! It looked like a hummingbird, but it was out of control. Yikes, it looked evil!
Turns out it was a giant moth, a tomato horn worm moth to be exact, aka a “sphinx”, “hawk”, or “hummingbird” moth. This monster is huge – the wingspan is about 4 to 5 inches. Tomato horn worms are disgusting, but fascinating, and, it turns out, so are the moths! I captured it and released it outside, attempting to restore the family room back to its former relaxing place! (….shudder….)
This is a big threat so I’m going to continue to post info on the Asian Citrus Psyllid: www.CaliforniaCitrusThreat.org
Tomato cages come in many styles. Here’s a helpful list to give you some guidance.
I’m starting to get a good crop of strawberries, but always looking for useful growing tips.
Here’s a great blog. A great suggestion to keep your squash plants contained in tomato cages.
I like to stop and smell the roses whenever I can, but Senior Rosarian Michael Marriott offers pointers on How to Sniff a Rose
I went for a wander through my garden this morning and look what I found.
Today in my garden: grapes, apples, succulents and flowers
This afternoon at 4:09pm (PDT) summer starts officially. It’s the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. It’s the longest day of the year, with the Sun reaching its most northern point in the sky at noon. After today, the days will start getting shorter.
While we are enjoying the longest day of the year, the southern hemisphere is celebrating its shortest day. The North Pole will have 24 hours of daylight today and the South Pole with stay dark for 24 hours!
A happy sign in the garden!
Seasons of 2012:
SPRING EQUINOX March 20, 1:14 A.M. EDT
SUMMER SOLSTICE June 20, 7:09 P.M. EDT
FALL EQUINOX September 22, 10:49 A.M. EDT
WINTER SOLSTICE December 21, 6:12 A.M. EST
Seasons of 2013:
SPRING EQUINOX March 20, 7:02 A.M. EDT
SUMMER SOLSTICE June 21, 1:04 A.M. EDT
FALL EQUINOX September 22, 4:44 P.M. EDT
WINTER SOLSTICE December 21, 12:11 P.M. EST