We finally got some rain, not as much as I wanted but we got 5/8 of an inch and that made the gardens happy.  Yesterday I weeded the onions and tied up the tomatoes to the first rail or at least some of them.  I took off the suckers also.  The first rail is about a foot off the ground and by tieing the tomatoes up to that one makes sure the plant grows straight and tall.  The second rail is about 3 feet off the ground and this one will give support to the plant and the first bunches of tomatoes start to grow.  The third rail is about 5 feet off the ground and will help the plant stand while the tomatoes ripen.  I will cut the tops off the plants when they grown beyond the top rail and that will stop them from growing taller and have them put all their energy into making nice big tomatoes.  We have Big Boys and Better Boys and these both should have tomatoes as large as a pound a piece so by taking off all the suckers and not letting the plants grow beyond 5 1/2 feet tall they should make nice big tomatoes.  Today I finished weeding the whole garden and noticed that some of the garlic plants were dieing off.  That is what I have been waiting for so I dug up six garlic plants whose leaves were almost all brown and this year I have beautiful large garlic cloves.  I washed them, cut the tops off about an inch above the bulb cut off the roots short and have them on a rack to dry.  The outside develops the thin paper like covering over the clove as it dries.  This is not the first year to try and grow garlic but it is the first year to plant it in the fall and the first year to get nice looking bulbs from the plants.  I can count this as a success so will be sure to put in the garlic this fall just before we head to Florida.  I hope to have fall planting onions to do the same with.  Last year there was a shortage of fall planting onion sets so this year I will order them in June to besure I get some  in the fall.  My lilies are really starting to bloom now and are so pretty.  The same with the hydranga.  I have two bushes and both are full of blooms just starting to get their color, both blue.  I do add fertilizer for acid loving plants so they will be sure and be blue.  Norman is still clearing the woods and now dreaming of tilling the cleared area this fall so that he can either plant grass or corn in there next year.  I am pulling for corn and just hope we can keep the raccoons out of it without a dog.   We will have peas and potatoes for dinner on Friday.  Thursday is a bust as Norman has to go the Murfreesboro to get a shot in his eye.  UGH!!  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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