Michael Battalio


attack of the chickens

We’ve only barely made it above 100 a couple of days during August, but the garden is predictably looking quite ragged, though there are still a few bright spots. First is a crinum lily that had never bloomed before. Though very pretty, crinum lily blooms only last a day or two. It’s sad that for all that effort the plant puts forth, there are only a couple of days of show. Second is the garden standby, sedum ‘Autumn Joy’. It very much enjoys the spot on the side of the house.

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I can’t say the same for several other plants that simply gave up during the summer, including a yarrow and a guara; both of which I felt certain would do well in that bed. Fear not, as I stumbled upon a sale at a nursery where I got all of these plants for less than $90. I’m an advocate for buying plants small. They are much cheaper, and they have the added horticultural benefit of being less likely to suffer transplant shock.

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In the vegetable garden I’m preparing some tomatoes for the fall garden. I bought a six pack each of ‘celebrity’ and ‘solar flare’ varieties and planted them into quart sized pots so they have a head start when I set them out once it is cooler. Otherwise, the okra and peppers are slowly producing during the hot months.

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Pests come in all sizes. A few weeks ago I caught one of my neighbor’s chickens eating some of my euphorbias. I scared it back to my neighbor’s yard with a broom.

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