Finally, I got some seeds in the ground on time. I planted the seeds that need to be started between August 1st and 15th today. That felt good. I’ve been running behind for a number of years and it has really affected the amount of produce we get from the gardens because they start producing so late in the season. Hopefully, this year we’ll get a better fall harvest. I only have lettuce to finish up with either tomorrow or the next and everything will be done with the early August seeds. Then I just have a very few seeds to start at mid-month. I need to check the pea seeds and see if I start them then or the first of September and that will be it for this year.

In late afternoon I sat down and did the gauge swatch for the top I want to knit. I need to alter the pattern so knitted a gauge swatch so that Bonnie and I can figure out how many stitches I need to cast on to make the size I want and be able to complete the pattern properly.

While I watched the news I worked on my cross-stitch project. It is feeling really good to get back working on it. I don’t know what happened to me in July. I just didn’t feel like doing much of anything. It was probably the heat and humidity taking its toll.

In the evening we continued reading the orchard book. It is surprising to me how little I know about what plants really need. I’ve been gardening since I was knee-high to a grasshopper but the information my husband has found over the past several years has turned everything I thought I knew on its ear. We’re gardening an entirely different way now, not organic nor conventional. It’s called biological gardening. I’m glad I have him to do all the scientific stuff involved but I’m seeing a big difference in the plants in just one season. So far we don’t have even one little bit of early blight on the tomatoes. Usually by the time they are half dead. Also, the eggplants are full-size plants and producing. It is quite a change and one every serious gardener needs to take a hard look at. I’m hoping my husband can come up with a way of making it more accessible to non-scientifically minded people like me because I find all the calculations way too confusing for me and think that most hobbyist growers would too. We want gardening to be fun and “romantic,” not calculations and formulas.

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