Watch out for the bees

Nancy graduated from her iron infusions after her hemoglobin number moved into the “normal” range. That means free Fridays. Her red blood count is still below norm so they put her on sub lingual B12 and told her to come back in a few months for blood tests.

It’s August hot in May – too hot for baby plants so my transplanting operation is being impacted. The good news is that usually when it’s this hot nematode problems become obvious and I’m seeing none. When the nematodes are doing there thing, by mid afternoon, plants are drooping big time. They disable the plants from taking in moisture which eventually causes them to die. Tomatoes and squash are the first to show signs and I’m seeing none at all. Maybe for some reason there are none this year (the first time ever) or maybe all the precautions and variety selections I made are actually working. I’ll know for sure by the end of this month.
Another thing about working in the garden now is that the real workers are out in force and I back off by about 10:30 – that would be the bees.

I mentioned the bees/wasps working the palmettos but they’re also working the garden blossoms. They don’t like it cool so if I can get my work done before it heats up, no problem. When I get too close they make it known quickly by buzzing me. If they were yellow jackets the buzzing is replaced with a quick, hard attack but the honey bees seem to prefer making a peaceful request for me to vacate their area. And I respect that.

Picked the renegade watermelon. It was about 20 pounds – enough for George and us. The melons that grew wild last year were marginal in the taste department so I didn’t have much hope for this one and let it grow to maturity only because I had plenty of room. Big surprise, it turned out great. I’ve planted a few watermelon seeds from a new, prize winning variety and hope they turn out as good as this one. Other than that, the garden is nominally full. We’re harvesting zucchini, green beans, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. By the end of the month we could be picking the first of the sauce tomatoes.

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