It is summertime in Texas. The dog days of summer. You could fry an egg on the sidewalk or bake cookies on the dashboard of your car. (Insert any other summer cliche here.)
No matter what time of year it is, I love working out in the garden. Here is a video of the state of things in the garden this weekend.
This weekend, one of my goals was to take down this broken PVC frame on which I draped bird netting to protect my blackberry bushes.
Everytime there is more than a slight breeze, it falls apart and is a pain in the neck. I bought some stands on gardeners.com that are made to suspend bird netting that I intended to put up and re-drape the bird netting, but while taking off the bird netting I had to cause so much damage to so many branches of the bushes that I really didn’t feel like putting it back on there. Birds are such a nuisance, but then so is bird netting. I’m starting to think that the solution is to only plant bushes with thorns that hopefully make it harder on the birds. So here is how the blackberry bushes look now.
I also intended to plant the two beds that are empty, but after I reviewed this list from Northaven Gardens, I decided to wait until Labor Day weekend to plant the beds. The timing will be better, and I won’t be staring down the barrel of several trips away from the garden.
I’m harvesting a lot of peppers right now. Here is one I’m particularly proud of.
I’ll be on planes 6 out of the next 13 days. While I’m gone, I’ll write a post about how to manage a heavy travel schedule and still have a thriving garden.