Today was a wash, here at the Micro Farm we received several hours of rain. The ground is very thirsty after a hot and dry summer. This evening I went out to take pictures, and found a un-invited guest.
I experimented with using milk jugs and a two and a half-gallon water jug as portable slow-drip watering jugs. It was mostly successful. The plants were watered well and in a focused manner. The first attempts I made the holes to big. My suggestion is to start small and then slowly get bigger if needed.
I ended up leaving the caps on, which allowed me to control the flow. One of the most significant issues I have is when they are empty they can blow around.
If you have a small area to water, and do not want to use a hose, these may be a good choice for you.
On my walk I noticed the onions are starting to fall over. When I started planting onions I read they would “fall over” when they were done
The peppers are really doing well. The Olympus variety is doing very well.
I removed the insect barrier from the cucumbers this week. With a few days of full sun they have grown at a surprising rate. We will have lots of cucumbers this year.
There were two plants I wanted to add to my new native flower garden. I wanted a creeping or moss phlox. This phlox grows low to the ground and will spread nicely. I also wanted to add a butterfly milkweed to help attract butterflies. This week I found both plants locally, and on sale.
The next week looks to be another hot week, with a chance some storms roll through. There will be lots to do to stay up with the weeds and maintenance of the Micro Farm.
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.