Appalachia Gardening

Planting by the Signs for July 2018


July is typically the time that gardens in my area are laid by which means folks have pretty much done all they can do and their garden is either going to flourish or flop.

While I’m not planning on planting anything else this month, there are certainly lots of things I need to be doing in the garden…like the never ending weeding for one.

I’ve been trying to weed a little every day after work instead of leaving it all for the weekend, but the frequent afternoon storms we’ve been having has put a damper on that idea.


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    July 3, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Tell Harry he opened the door too wide to let this go by – those walnut trees already produced a “nut”;-) – but its the best kind of “nut” – one that is always looking toward and providing for the future. – – Never stop planting! – –

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    July 3, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    I love having my own garden Tipper. We use to plant everything in long rows but now we have the beds. Weeds don’t grow in them as bad. Their easier to take care of. I will probably be canning beans here in a few days. Enjoy all the stories. God Bless Everyone and Happy 4th.

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    Ken Roper
    July 3, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Homer Wilson went home to be with the Lord. He was 95 and served under Gen. Patton until the end of the War. I know both his boys, Reed and David. He was truly A Man of God. Townson-Rose is in charge of all arrangements. “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be” was his Signature Song. …Ken

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    Ken Roper
    July 3, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I went to Murphy and got my bloodwork done yesterday and the pretty nurse got it the first try. I told her I circled the spot from last time with a marker, but it had went away. She just grinned.

    Since I fell and hurt my back, I ain’t had no garden. I Miss it something awful!

    I’m gonna have some Chicken and Dumplings with taters in them this evening sometime. And of course, lots of onion, pepper, and some salt. Mama always called the breaded part “slickers” as she spooned ’em in.


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    Brian P.T. Blake
    July 3, 2018 at 10:46 am

    “Flourish or flop…” Perfect! That’s my battlecry each morning. Don’t want to turn into a vegetable.

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    Wanda Devers
    July 3, 2018 at 10:34 am

    We’re beginning to get squash & cucumbers. Made 5 pints of bread & butter pickles last week. I hope to get enough cucumbers to make the sweet lime pickles everyone around here loves.

    We always put down cardboard and straw but didn’t get in the rows weeded like they needed. I try to pull a few everytime I’m out there. Our purple hull peas are blooming and have tiny peas on them. Green beans as well. It is so hot here that I can’t stay out long.

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    Ron Stephens
    July 3, 2018 at 10:33 am

    For where I am July is the tag end of summer planting. I don’t think I will plant any more summer crops. But in about 6 weeks it will be time to think about fall garden planting. Thanks for the calendar though.

    I have been gone from home about 10 days so I am sort of dreading to see the state of the garden. Your idea of some each day is the best way to keep a garden in good order. As my preacher friend says, “That’ll preach.”

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    July 3, 2018 at 10:01 am

    I have one neighbor who only grows sweet corn and sometimes a hill or two of cucumbers in his garden. A week or so ago a storm blew through here like a hurricane and blew a lot of his corn over. Yesterday I was over by there and the corn was still badly bent but had turned back toward the sun. It has some of the prettiest ears developing I’ve ever seen.
    The only thing I see wrong with his corn is it seems a little too thick. He is an old man and probably needs some help thinning it out a little. I might just go one night and do just that. I’ll have to wait until it matures a little more so I can know which ears are fuller so I don’t take them. Of course I’ll pull the whole stalks and full the holes before I leave. I’d like to leave everything neat and tidy.

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    harry adams
    July 3, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Just finished planting fall potatoes. 3 100′ rows. I am totally soaked from the humidity. I got the first 6 rows of sweet corn laid by yesterday and will have to do another 5 rows next week. The last 5 rows are just coming up.
    I mulch with leaves from the village so while putting the mulch down is hard work, I don’t have very much weeding to do during the year and the soil is being enriched.
    Ever wonder why we put so much effort in a garden when we could buy the produce we need for about what we spend in seed and fertilizer?

    Must be the same reason farmers keep planting while knowing that they will barely break even. Or why I planted 5 rows of black walnut trees this year and knowing I will never see them be tall enough to produce a nut.

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    July 3, 2018 at 5:55 am

    We don’t plant much, but last Thursday we had a doozy of a storm , came home and my tomatoes I had staked and had gotten about 6ft tall were all on the ground, so in stead of standing them back up in fear of breaking the stem I just carefully pull the cage off and left them alone, seems to be ok for now.

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