I really appreciate all of the input on the blight and other problems. The comments did get me thinking about how I want to plan for my future gardening endeavors, especially after my permaculture meeting last night.

I have just downloaded google earth. I am going to pull up a picture of my land and bring it in to the copy store to have it printed on a large sheet of oaktag. (I’m assuming this can be done) Then I am going to add the footprint of my house, driveway, kid’s play area, shed, fences and permanent plantings; all of the things that can’t be moved will be plotted. With two hole at the top, I can add rings and some plastic overlays. I can then use a marker to add changes as they come to me. The benefit is that I can try things out, accounting for slope, wind, water flow and so on. We are doing these plot plans as a group so I will have help as I need it. I think this kind of planning tool will really help plan for future beds, trees and bushes. Plus it will be a lovely way for Bruce and me to spend a cold winter night.

For now, I’m trying to enjoy the garden as it is. In spite of the heat and dry weather, many things are doing well. I think I am going to have a banner year for root vegetables and winter squash, not so good for the broccoli and cauliflower although I have not given up the fight. I have 48 new starts in the greenhouse, If I get them in the ground in 2 weeks, use some floating row covers at the end of the season and get a little cooperation from nature, I may get a harvest yet. I have replanted string beans too. My potatoes are not as large as I had hoped but they look healthy. I haven’t found any critter damage at all from the ones I’ve dug. Another two weeks of growth and they should be ready to pull.

 We had a decent honey harvest this week. We’ll extract today. Thank goodness! I have no honey left and I miss it terribly. I refuse to purchase cheap honey in the market. It’s sometimes  shipped from China and cut with corn syrup. This keeps both price and quality low and makes it impossible for local producers to compete.