The Heat of Summer

Can anyone else believe that we are almost into August? Even though we have had some higher temps than normal it is still better than a snow storm, which by the way we are still over.  There have been some longer than usual lasting heat waves as well as tornadoes through the Midwest, but overall this summer hasn’t been so bad thus far.

How has your summer been going? Is your garden growing well?  We would love to see pics of your beautiful blooms and bountiful edibles.

Feast or Famine?

Are you having a drought or flooding in your area wreaking havoc on your produce?

If you live in a high drought area do you try to garden items that do not need a lot of water?  Or how do you deal with the fact that water is minimal? Have you learned any gardening tricks you could share with others in your same position?

We found this article from Better Homes & Gardens discussing drought tolerant perennials so you can have some options if drought has got your gardening in a chokehold.  At least if you haven’t learned any drought gardening tricks you can have an idea of some perennials you can plant that don’t need a lot of water to survive.  Now if your plants are more on the edible side here is an article from Veggie Gardener regarding veggies that thrive in a drought.

If you have learned about more blooms and edibles that produce well in under minimal water allowance make sure you throw out some tips for gardeners in need.

Climate Change

Climate change has always been a topic on the table for discussion, but it seems over the past few months the conversation has leveled up.  With these conversations come the ever internal thought processes of how you, as an individual, can do your part.  We all know that composting is a great way to minimize waste, add nutrients to your soil and edibles, as well as minimize use of water when used as mulch.

If you have been seeking new ways to minimize your carbon footprint so you can do your part for the environment we found this article by The Global Compost Project, “How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.”

Guess that is enough of the heavy for now.  Hope all of you are having amazing summers and are having a lot of fun with family and friends!  ‘Til Next Time & remember if you find the time & wish to find us: @CoopersmithSon on Twitter or on Facebook.

Jobs for July — The Garden Smallholder

Originally posted on The Garden Smallholder: If you haven’t done so already, plant out or sow runner beans, French beans and courgettes Plant out Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli for a crop next spring Keep feeding tomatoes weekly, pinch out side shoots on cordon varieties Snap off onion and garlic scape (flower spikes) as they appear…

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