Just a quick update, as we are leaving in an hour for a long weekend in Kentucky!
We have had so much rain recently. I looked up (b/c I'm a dork) the stats for last year - we've had more rain the first three days of July this year than we did in the whole month of July last year. I haven't had to water anything in weeks!
This was taken just before a spectacular thunderstorm rolled through. I love how huge and green everything is looking. The purple pole beans growing up those tee-pees are now taller than me!
Lots of little things starting to grow: honey bunch grape tomatoes and red popcorn, teensy kirby cucumbers on their string trellis, yellow summer squash under the pole beans. The blackberries are starting to ripen, too. I wrapped them in bird netting last night b/c I have a feeling they'll be ready to pick by the time we get back from Kentucky.
I took the opportunity of being in the wood shop on campus earlier this week and made some mason bee houses with a drill and some funky shaped pieces of scrap wood. These will hang under the eaves of the garage over my pollinator perennial bed to provide a home for solitary pollinators.
Happy birthday America! Hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend.