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The August Garden

The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn’t mean nothing is happening. We’ve been preparing the beds for the fall garden, harvesting a few things and mostly just enjoying the relaxed pace. 

The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

Our citrus trees are doing great! We have lemons on both trees and our mature tree is covered. We’ll have enough lemons to preserve for the year, share and even do a little bartering. 

The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

This is a pear tree, and yes, it is blooming in August! It dropped all it’s fruit and leaves in June after we had all that rain from a tropical storm. In fact, most of our fruit trees dropped their leaves and fruit. I’m happy it’s bouncing back. Fruit trees are a long term investment and so patience is required. 

The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

One of our peach trees is bouncing back too, albeit much slower than the pear tree. It looks like we just lost three peach and one plum tree this wet, wet year. We’re working on a plan to build up the soil in the orchard area so it won’t do this in the future. 

The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

Our okra plants look good but….

The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

The fire ants are STILL bothering them. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve tried coffee grounds, peppermint oil and orange oil. These ants must have super powers! 

The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

We have peppers and basil in several of the beds we’ve cleaned out. You can never have too many peppers or basil in the garden. 
The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

See, I do occasionally mow the garden, at least part of it. The back portion is now thigh high and one of our boys will probably need to mow it for me. Those are morning glories on the trellis in the back. Every year I try to pull them before they go to see….obviously, that never happens ;-). It looks better and feels less over whelming than it did last month. 

The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

Our strawberry beds are looking pretty good! 

The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

Look at all that pesto! I mean, basil. I think we’ll be able to freeze enough pesto to last a year (about 40 half pints) and enough to share with some relatives who love our pest. I just let the basil go to seed when we’re nearing the end of it’s growing season. The bees love it and I collect the seeds for next year. I also let some of them just self see the next year too. 

The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

The asparagus bed looks like unruly but I guess that’s how it’s supposed to be. Everyone just tells me to leave it alone.

 The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

The moringa trees are doing great and have loved the heat. I’ve cut them down to the shed height several times and they just keep growing. We use the leaves in rice or alfredo or really anywhere I might use cooked spinach.

The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

One of our pecan trees is producing this year and it has quite a few pecans on it. The outer part will all turn black, dry out and open up and then the pecans will fall out. 

So, that’s what is going on with our garden right now. We’ll be cleaning out more beds and getting them ready for planting the fall garden in a few weeks. 

The zone 9 August garden is sparse but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Join us for a little garden tour.

What’s going on in your garden? Please share in the comments. 

 

Thanks for sharing with your friends!

Becca

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

Oh, wonderful! I will! If anything, it will be a frilly spot. :0)

Becca

Tuesday 1st of September 2015

Wow! I've always heard that we can't grow asparagus in Zone 9. Is it doing well for you? I wanted to plan for it this fall, but too many naysayers made me erase it from the list.....maybe I should add it back again? Love to read your updates!

Angi Schneider

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

We just planted them this spring, but I have a friend who lives just down the street who has grown them for years! You should try it.

Pam

Tuesday 1st of September 2015

I'm happy to see I'm not the only one that has fallen behind on mowing my garden! Here in Michigan the gardens have not done so well with the cold, summer we've had.): And the cucumber beetles didn't help my garden either. Oh well, there's always next year!

Angi Schneider

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

That's the spirit! Every year brings a new start.

Dorothy Posey

Tuesday 1st of September 2015

Thanks for letting us know that we are not alone in zone 9.I am counting down the days that it will be under a 100 degrees and I can go outside and start getting things ready to plant.I was thrilled to see your post.Thanks again from Phoenix AZ

Angi Schneider

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

We've not had nearly as many 100 degree days as we normally have and we've had a lot more rain. That's been really nice. I bet your fall/winter garden is going to be amazing! I really love fall and winter gardening.

Jen Keith

Tuesday 1st of September 2015

Hi Angi! The coffee grounds worked wonderfully. I poured the grounds on the hole of the 'flat beds' they made (so sneaky, there weren't any raised ant hills) and every time I saw a 'line' of them walking back and forth to an okra plant, I poured coffee and grounds on them. Yippee!

Angi Schneider

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

hmmm, so maybe it was user error, I'm just not being diligent enough! Ok Jen, I'll try again ;-)