This great big beautiful back yard doesn't do much for me in the heat of the Sacramento summer. When I walk through it so I can clean up after Rocky, the "grass" crunches under my feet. So I try to stay up close to the house and my garden, and when I water the garden I get a small part of the grass around it watered as well. I can call it grass, but it's mostly crabgrass and weeds. I don't know what to do about it, and hate to pay a landscaper to make it better as I don't own the property. Mainly I try to just focus on the garden, but I'm going to need professional advice on how to get rid of the "sticker" plants that grow in abundance. I get those annoying stickers in my socks whenever I walk out there, and Rocky got one in his nose. I saw him shaking his head frantically trying to dislodge it, and I was able to remove it before he inhaled it further. I gave him a dose of Benadryl and he slept for most of the day!
Speaking of the garden, I am getting so impatient for something to happen. I have lots of big yellow flowers on the squash plants, and when I was out looking at them I saw a bee buzzing among the flowers so I'm sure they are being polinated, but so far nothing I recognize as a yellow squash or green zucchini has formed. I did notice a whole lot of cherry tomatoes that are almost ready to be picked. This past weekend I gave Jeannie several tomatoes including some of the cherry variety. in recent years I've noticed that I get indigestion when eating tomatoes, although not from heirloom tomatoes I've bought in the grocery. Next year I am going to grow only heirloom seeds of everything.
My son Steve may come over on Wednesday and rototill the rest of the garden plots, so I will have a lot to do to make them suitable for planting my fall garden. It will be nice to watch for something else to grow besides tomatoes and zucchini. I also planted marigold seeds along the sides of the garden beds as well as along the front walkway, and have never gotten a single flower bud. The plants are growing and look healthy, but I don't think the flowers should take that long to pop out. Like I've said, this whole effort has been a learning experience for me, and I will know how to do things better next season.
I remember the old days when I was a kid; my mom always grew tomatoes and got a great yield from the plants, although I don't remember her fussing a whole lot with them, worrying about removing the sucker shoots, or anything like that. She always reaped a huge amount, although she might have put more effort into it than I recall. I am the oldest of 8, so I'm sure she had several other kids on hand and I don't know how she found much time to devote to growing tomatoes. I only have one youngster to worry about, and he eats whatever I put down around the tomato plants - coffee grounds, eggshells, plant food, etc. Sometimes I don't know what to do with that boy!
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