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I picked the last of the blackberries and the alpine strawberries. The rest of both of these are burning on the vine now in our 112º (44º) heat. The alpine strawberries will start flowering again in October when the temperatures cool down again (in a cooler climate, they would produce all summer). My garden also yielded just a few regular strawberries again.
I cut the few roses that weren’t burnt by the sun and brought them in to enjoy. They lasted a day before fading, but were very pretty for that day.
I cut some apple branches from the garden and put them in a vase on my entry table.
I cut the last of the larkspur flowers that were lingering in the backyard and brought them in. Most of the plants were brown and had gone to seed. I collected seeds and then tore out all of the plants.
Working right after the sun went down, I transplanted some vinca seedlings from one place in the garden to another. These are great landscape flowers in the heat. I have to wait a bit to grow them from seed, versus buying them as seedlings from the nursery, but they grow throughout our intense heat, in full sun, until our first frost in December. The cost of seeds is lower than buying seedlings, so it is worth the wait.
I also planted zinnia seeds again in the front yard. Only a few have come up and I’ve planted 5 or 6 times, but these seeds are old, so the lower germination rate is to be expected. I planted larger quantities in the missing spots and I hope to see seedlings growing there soon. I gave them some extra water in the heat of the day from water I had saved in the kitchen (I have a small bucket that I put in the sink and I rinse produce over it, wash my hands over it, and put in the last of the rinse water from pots, pans, and large bowls, and then use it out in the garden).
I cut green onions, basil, and oregano from the garden.
We picked apples and green gage plums from the garden.
I turned a pair of Wren’s torn in the knees jeans into shorts.
I canned 10 pints and 3 half-pints of apricot jam from our apricots.
I collected lettuce seeds from the garden.
I read several great books from the library, as a preview for Winter for school. She read them just as soon as I finished them. I loved them all! I read Calico Captive, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Murder on the Orient Express (my first Agatha Christie book, and now I will have to request more of her books from the library), and The Lacemaker and the Princess.
I had an at-home date with my husband after the children were in bed. We played Ticket To Ride – Europe.
What did you do to save money last week?