My 2012 garden is really doing well despite global warming temperatures that have made 90 degrees and above the norm here in the Garden State.Â I've never watered my garden this much ever. Sometimes twice a day.Â Sometimes 3 times a day.Â Despite the extreme weather conditions, I've been able to harvest a bunker crop so far.
Just today I picked potatoes, onions, collard greens and okra.Â I'm waiting on my sweet corn to fill out a little more.Â My cabbage is beginning to ball up. The tomatoes are still green and the watermelons and cucumbers are way behind schedule due to the extreme weather conditions.
The good thing is that I've finally figured out how to control the insects and critters than like chomping down onÂ my plants.Â I'm using snail and slug drops. It's highly effective.Â And instead of using Coyote pellets this year I experimented with mole and groundhog repellent.Â It's also very effective against rabbits, squirrels and other critters that roam my yard, including the most beautiful skunk you've ever seen.
I call the skunk 'White Back' because at night all you see is the beautiful white coat running down its back.Â He seems to know that I'm a friend and not a foe.Â He runs when I come outside at night and comes back once again after I go inside.Â I have to admit that I do feed him.Â He likes dinner scraps.Â He would never spray me unless I cornered him.
Now onto my photos.Â I hope you like them. I hope that I will encourage you to do a little gardening yourself.Â I hope you have a wonderful day.Â Take care and remember what the 4th of July is all about.Â It's not all about picnics, parades and fireworks.
It's a true all-American holiday.Â It's about remembering what the country stands for.Â It's about declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Thanks to all of my friends who wished me a Happy Birthday yesterday.Â I really appreciated all the best wishes.
Lloyd 'Tony' Cope
Â©2012 by Lloyd Cope for Gather.com. All rights reserved.
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