In the garden

 It's been hot, hot, hot in Maine.  6am I'm out there in the gardens and then after the kids go to bed I try to sneak in a bit of time before the mosquitoes drive me away. 

My day today...

6am I started to put chardboard down, mulch and make some wire protectors for my five new apple trees. 

Picked squash bug eggs on my hugelkultur garden (Dug trench, put in logs, sticks, leaves, chicken manure, compose and wood chips).  This is the first year of a hugel garden and it's bursting. I direct seeded all these pumpkins and squash. 

Side view.

Size comparison.  I foresee more of these! 
Peaches are starting to ripen.  They are SO good! Been bringing them in and eating them.

I watered, weeded, pinched back some flowers and picked these.
I made all this, much of it with things I picked in the garden. Anna-Kate illustrated.
I saw some of my favorite friends at work, planned to have a picnic and dip at the beach but the thunder showers rolled through (skipping us, but were at the beach.  Read to the kids. Laundry and cleaning until too late. 1am bed and up again tomorrow morning to do it all over.  Such a busy, but fulfilling time of year.

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