We have set a new record high for us today.  Yesterday we hit 91 degrees and today it hit 92.  We have not had any rain and the watering we try to do isn’t enough to keep up with the amount the soil loses in this heat and hot sun.  The tomatoes are suffering from blossom end rot so yesterday and again today I limed around the plants and we watered well.  Today we watered as usual before the sun hit the garden but tonight we watered again so the water could soak into the ground tonight before the sun comes and evaporates it all out.  I hope that will solve some of the problem.   Tropical storm Debbie is dumping alot of rain on the south but I don’t think it will give us any.   The new track looks like it will flood Shirley in Jacksonville but the high over us will push it out to the ocean.  This morning I pulled the rest of the onions.  Onions are a cold weather vegetable and with this high heat which is forcasted for the whole week it is time to pull them all before they all rot in the ground.  I have about 200 all sizes and now will just cut off the tops and the roots and let them dry.  We are eating them rather fast but if I can I want to save enough to have a nice meal of small boiled onions, they are so sweet~~ This afternoon Norman got me some nice dirt out of the garden where we pulled the onions, now I will mix some vemicalite with it and get about a dozen pot ready to start some raspberry bushes.  I will take the longest, strongest canes and bend them down to grow in the pot and in two years we will have a whole new bed down in the area we cleared.  We also want to get some blueberry bushes there too.   We had planned on having a bon fire with Becca and Chris for a cook out when then come in three weeks but unless we get  alot of rain before then I guess it is out of the question.  The right now the fire danger is too high.  Everyone is worried about the fireworks on the 4th.  I hope people are careful.  We are hearing some go off around here already and it would not take much of a spark to get this whole mountain burning, it is so dry.  Picked a few beans today and will pick blueberries again tomorrow.  I love the harvest time.  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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  1. Yes, I have been watching the Fl. weather and glad that Shirley wrote a note that all was o.k. with them at that writing. But….much more rain since so I wonder again now. You have a worry in the other direction with it so dry. N.E. has it’s faults but weather is seldom one of them as it changes every minute!!! Comfortable today but more 90 degree stuff coming for this weekend.

    Interesting reading about your raspberry new plantings. Great way it would seem!!!!! I bet you sleep well after your busy work days…….no pills. no pain……maybe an ache here or there?
    Love keeping in touch…Nancy

    • Shirley called last night and said they had 9 1/2 inches of rain so far and the forecast is from 5 to 15 inches more depending on where you were in Jacksonville. Her neighbor called and said that Keystone had the same so it should help the water level in her lake (Silver Lake) so no one is complaining. She said there was some flooding in some of the streets but none where she is. All three of her kids live near the beach and the only problem they have had is Dana who lives in a gated community and they locked the gate because some of the roads were flooded but even that is back to normal now. Shirley says they were so dry the ground is just sucking it up as fast as it falls. I am sure the same would happen here as we are that dry also. Love hearing from you Carol

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