Six on Saturday – July 14, 2018

Summer is in full force and the gardens are starting to show life. The heat-loving vegetables are struggling, but with the warmer temperatures, I hope that they will improve. Potatoes, carrots, herbs and onions are doing great. Dandelions, buttercups and other unwanted weeds are thriving.

My first attempt at growing potatoes.

Peas in a circular planter made from a hollowed piece of hardwood.

Rascal cooling off in the raised garden bed with the yellow beans.

Cucumbers are just starting to grow.

Plenty of bees and dandelions in the yard.

Buttercups have appeared everywhere in the last couple of weeks.

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DIY Flower Planters

Last year I saved some blocks of firewood that were rotten in the middle to make some planters for flowers. Rascal, my cat used them as a tunnel and play area for weeks this spring. He was not exactly pleased when Florian decided to saw them up for planters. In the end, I decided to keep one for his play zone that I hope to finish this summer.

After the blocks were cut up into smaller pieces I prepared a place for them, added some soil, compost and planted shasta daisies. This week I am planting purple coneflowers and black-eyed Susan’s using seeds that I picked up at the gardening workshop.

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The natural wood from the trees should provide nutrition for the roots and help protect them over the winter.  This year the plants will not produce any flowers, but they are hardy plants and next summer they should provide some color to this part of my yard.