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July Garden Of The Month

By Staff | Aug 11, 2016

JULY GARDEN -- Something is blooming, no matter where you look at the Haywood home at 1808 5th Street. John and Ruth Ann (pictured) have gardens and plantings scattered throughout the double lot that extends south from 5th Street. A raised bed is located along the front of the house (above) with zinnia, hosta, coral bells, azalea, coreopsis, and a miniature flowering lilac tree planted in memory of Ruth Ann’s mother. Most of the flowering plants are perennials, but there are plenty of impatiens, geraniums, marigolds and petunias to add a pop of color. Several of the potted plants include King Tut, a tall grass-like plant. There are red and pink roses, bleeding heart, day lilies, moon flowers that came up unannounced, and a mystery plant that is coming up quite nicely. While Ruth Ann tends the flowers, John tends the vegetable gardens. He grows all of the ingredients to make salsa, including tomatoes, three varieties of peppers, onions and garlic. John harvested 160 garlic heads this season. Ruth is busy making beet pickles and tomato juice, in addition to the salsa. Then there are potatoes, green beans, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, squash, asparagus, cilantro and dill, raspberries, strawberries and grapes, plus grandma’s rhubarb, some planted in raised beds. John will try his hand at making sauerkraut this year from the cabbage he grows. He tries to plant one new thing every year and see if it works. An old kennel is used to support grape vines and trumpet vines. There are seven walnut trees on the property. John composts everything. The gardens require a lot of water. John used sump pump water while it lasted and he is now using water from four rain barrels. According to John’s pedometer, he recently walked 6.3 miles a day back and forth from the gardens. --Jane Whitmore photo