'Bring It On Home'
Dog Daze of Summer
for the heat!
town summer in the city..back of my neck gettin' dirt and
gritty; beans down, isn't it a pity. Doesn't seem to
be a shadow in the city;
All around creepers looking
half dead, walkin down the garden path hotter than a match
head...in the summer..in the city..in the summer...in the
(uh...my apologies to The Lovin' Spoonful et al...)
it (if you
can't make it!)
DOES all this mean??? A lot of mud sweat and tears for
one. Not to mention, bug bites, yellow flies, slugs, drought,
too much rain, sun burn, dirty feet, perpetually stained finger
nails... (that is assuming you have any).
moon in June brings the heart to swoon... Fathers day - give him
Bride!...June Cleaver....AHHH....Bird nests turn to Nurseries...Busy
Busy June-July-August!!! What is one to do??? well....a lot
tomatoes are starting to show progress in the lower zones of the
south. The weeds are peeking through and hoping you don't
notice. Blooms are fading out, giving way to the lighter
greens. The wild flowers
are changing guards. Springs
pastels are turning into summers yellows and darker hues.
sit and ponder what could I possibly do that is actually productive and
that will allow me to take my vacation in the red, white and blues of
And, we have JULY...
day, Independence Day,
And, we have August with
lots of local holidays.
Beach/lake stays, grass
Apple pie, cherry pie,
fourth of July. How homey can you get?
Rain storms, dry spells, humming birds return...
Those hot August
nights! Cicadas piercing song, days that last so long...siestas,
fiestas, homemade ice cream; lemonade in a hammock on a lazy days dream.
What is one to do to
avoid the doldrums??? Now that the gardens are established, the veggies
are veggin', the Impatiens are tapping their roots...
You think your jobs
done now that everything is pretty? What can you use around the place
that's not still in bloom or attached still? What can possibly be
recycled???? It's SUMMER!! There's nothing to DO!!! Uhhuh - I can
think of a few things... such as...
Yes - pull that tall
seeding grass from the beds and stack in a pile; mow that lawn saving
the cuttings then replace all these cuttings and pullings to those bare
spots around the yard...(holes dug by the dogs that were refilled
leaving a nice dirt patch for example). Then cover with manure or
more dirt, or straw, not too thick. (Don't use pine straw !!!) and leave
to grow. Sometimes it takes a while for it to take - not all will,
but before you know it- VOILA! You have grass growing!! I decided
to go this route this year when I found out that the grass seed I wanted
for the stripped pastures prices went up by 40% and more!!!
My word!! Paying that much for something I'm trying to kill in one area
of my yard (the gardens) and desperately trying to cultivate in other
parts (yard, pastures) seems redundant... So I opted for a much less
expensive trade off. (My other choice was to just plant gardens
where the grass won't grow - THAT would surely bring on a lush thick
growth of the seedy stuff!)
a heat wave Burning in my yard
I can't keep from crying
Tearing me apart...!!!
(apologyies to the Who this time...)
hot! I'm thirrrrsty...! I want some waaaater! My skin is
dryyyying!"- Yes folks - we have here a classic case of the
creeping whine. It happens every summer...and again in the winter...but
that's another story.
Ok - it's gonna be a
scorcher out there.. PLUS, you either get a torrential afternoon rain of
4-10 inches an hour - and watch those flower petals float by your
upstairs windows... Or, you get a quick hard run-off rain that leaves
you and your gardens feeling like ants under a magnifying glass!!! The
extremes of summer...oh joy... oh joy!
First thing to remember
is NOT to panic!! Plants sense distress and will run amuck...
Try to limit yard time
to early morning or late evening when the sun isn't so harsh. Wear that
hat, don that scarf - soaked in cold water and tied around the
neck. And, keep that cooler filled with your favorite wet ones!!
Ice tea, sports drinks LOTS of H2O, lemonade and what not. But,
while you're watering yourself...
don't forget the potted
plants!! They dry out in record speeds in the summer - even the ones
inside that get the sun through the window - check them daily!!!! And
Save that compost!!
Turn that compost!!! Use the fresh stuff that you get from the
garden. The Hummers and Butterflies love watermelon rind! Save your
quarters and throw them in the garden near feeders and under flowers!!
Take those banana skins and bury them around your
roses. Throw those eggshells, all crushed up in the garden -
under the veggies to deter the slugs...(they tear the skin) and feed the
can do this! As you swing gently with the breeze in your hammock after a
sweltering day...sipping on a cool one...save those scraps and pieces
from the days meals and weedings. And if that cool one happens to be a
beer, save the back wash for a bowl to stick in the garden (the slugs
will thank you---not to mention Mr. Toad).
And while we're out
there, admiring our year's work, lets use that good ol' summer common
sense our grandmothers and mothers instilled in us! And don't let this
garden do you in!!!
Have a Safe and
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