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Around the Carolina Victory Garden

July 2, 2010

We had a nice break in the unseasonably hot weather and some rain finally. I hope that this break will encourage the plants to get a little rest before the push to maturity.

The hot weather coming so early has really been a challenge in the front garden. I am really going to have to re-think what I plant in that bed. Even the sunflowers are having issues in the heat.

In the back yard garden, the pat a pan squash is the latest to be attacked by squash vine borers. One or two of the plants are making a valiant attempt to continue to live, but I don’t think they will last long. The Athena cantaloupe is under attack by the herd of rabbits that live in the neighborhood but the watermelon, okra, tomatoes and egg plant are showing promise. We also have a bumper crop of volunteer marigolds.

The real champs this year have been the flowers in the beds in front of the house. The stella d’oro lillies have bloomed profusely but even they have bloomed out early this year in the heat. The blackeyed susans are bigger than ever and the new additions to the front flower beds, monarda, lantana and blanket flowers have bloomed profusely.

The end result appears to be that we will have flowers, tomatoes, okra, eggplant, and a few peppers for sure. The jury is still out on the melons.

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