I’m glad my garden was productive today, because I certainly was not. I went outside this evening and pulled a handful of tomatoes (most of them nibbled by bugs but still serviceable) and a couple of Miniature White Wonder cucumbers out of the garden. The cucumbers are absolutely wonderful, and I’ve got tons more coming on. They’re a little bitty variety — smaller than the average pickling cucumber — and are supposed to be equally good for slicing or pickling. I think they’ll make good refrigerator pickles.

The peppers are finally starting to grow a little bit, and I was delighted to see blossoms on the tomatillos. The tomatoes aren’t producing as much as I’d like, but we’re still about a month away from tomato season. No fruit yet on the zucchini plants, but they’re enormous and covered in blossoms. The peas are about done.

The garden desperately needs to be weeded. I hadn’t been out there in a couple of days and didn’t realize how bad it’s gotten. I’ve got to shove everything else off my plate and make some time to get out there and work. I don’t know when or how that’s going to happen, but I absolutely have to give this garden some attention before the weeds choke it out.

My roses don’t look very good. Three of them are blooming, but the petals all look brown and withered around the edges. Maybe I can get to the Country Store on my lunch hour one day next week and find out what the problem is and what I need to do for them. I refuse to spray chemicals all over my plants, so I’m going to have to come up with an organic solution to the problem.

The pond is much healthier than it was. The algae problem appears to have diminished significantly, partly because of the blue dye I put in the water (I hate to do that, but with no shade over the pond, I didn’t have much choice), and partly because the water hyacinths, lettuce, and lilies I put out there have all taken off and gotten enormous. They cover three-fourths of the surface of the water. Another couple of weeks, and I think the whole thing will be completely covered, which is exactly what I hoped would happen.

I need to move the lilies. I deliberately planted them pretty high in the pond at first because I was afraid the tint in the water would keep them from getting adequate light if I planted too deep. They’re big enough now that it shouldn’t be a problem.


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