End of Summer 2014 in Northwest Alabama

| 9/5/2014 8:18:00 AM

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Rosedale GardenWar Eagle, Ya’ll. Summer is officially over, Labor Day is here, school and football have started, and the dogwood leaves are turning red much too soon. The hot days of summer with highs in the upper 90s have finally hit the area. Usually I have tomatoes by June, but this year, I’ll get my first fresh Cherokee Purple tomatoes around the middle of September. Having Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever really put a damper in my summer gardening this year. My pickling cucumbers didn’t do well at all, but my salad type cucs produced. My only other garden crops were crooked neck squash and sunflowers. Flocks of goldfinches hit the sunflowers and cleaned them in a week’s time as soon as they bloomed and started drying. My efforts have been focused on cleaning up some of my flower beds that are full of these 12-foot weeds, Chinese privet and hackberries. I wasn’t able to get my melon patch planted last spring, so I scattered some sunflower seeds for a late patch for fall bird migration.

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Corn is ready for combining, and a great crop is forecast for this year. Soybeans planted after the wheat harvest finally received rain at the right time. I haven’t seen any cotton this year, but I hear there is some a little piece up the road in Cherokee and Leighton. Up to a few years ago, cotton was king, but is hard to find these days.

9/9/2014 7:20:20 PM

Dave, I don't think anyone else would have the Hooligans. Two of them were rescued the day they were to be put down at the shelter. They ate two trees of apples up, now they are working on my pears. I have several strawberry plants in my flower beds that need thinning. No rain lately, so no transplanting until we get some. Ground is hard as a brick bat. My first rodeo, we just don't have many around here. Hope to work it next year. Thanks for visiting and commenting

9/7/2014 8:45:25 AM

Mary, the antics of your hooligans make me laugh. You sure must love them to put up with their patience trying shenanigans. The Coon Dog Cemetery celebration has become quite festival. I've heard you talk about this for a couple years and it just seems to get bigger and better every year. ***** I can't believe you haven't been to a rodeo. It is a bit different than seeing it on TV, don't you think? Although I haven't been to one in years, I do have many memories of being at rodeos. ***** I'm glad to hear that your are recovered from your bout with spotted fever. The weather put our harvest much later than usual here too. I just now harvest my first tomato from the big Terra Nova Gardens yesterday. I was blessed with a gift of 30 strawberry plants that I planted in a newly prepared Terra Nova Gardens bed yesterday and a great looking rose bush that I planted at my newly acquired property call "35th Street Corner". ***** Have a great end of summer day.

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