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Gardening School Starts and The World's Fair

| 8/25/2014 2:49:00 PM

Ginnie BakerWhere has the summer gone? I looked forward to the end of this past winter and to a beautiful summer, but it seems to have come and gone before I knew it!

The garden has been disappointing, but it’s still “hanging in there.” The squash is finished, the pumpkins ripened way too early and the cucumbers weren’t what they should be but I did get 15 pints of pickles canned. A friend and I have a friendly competition each year to see who has the earliest tomatoes, who starts canning first and who has bumper crops of vegetables. This year, we agreed that both gardens were disappointing. However, her son and his wife had the bumper crop of cucumbers! They picked more than 200 cucumbers to make pickles!

Thanks to the resident chipmunks, I also have a bumper crop of sunflowers – everywhere! They buried sunflower seeds from the bird feeders in every place they could find some loose dirt. I have sunflowers in my planters with the petunias, at the base of trees and in the main garden and also in the raised beds. The chipmunk is right here in the mums on the deck!


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They have been busy raiding every bird feeder and hiding seeds. I hope that isn’t an indication of the type of winter we have in store for us this year.

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