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Growth Spurt

June 29th, 2015

Every year I know it’s going to happen and yet I am amazed as I see it unfold before my eyes. In April and May, the garden growth slowly, at what seems like a snail’s pace. Then, almost overnight, everything is big, lush, blooming, going to seed, and buzzing with life.
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The difference between the photos below is a month, only a month. When you think about how slowly things grow from March to April, then from April to May, there isn’t even as much growth during that time as there is in two weeks of June.
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The lovely thing about Maine is that we actually have shoulder season when things grow a little more slowly. It’s a nice time to enjoy gardening at a bit of a slower pace for a short time. In Ohio the garden burst forth almost overnight.
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If you miss a few days in the garden during June, July, and August, you miss so much. I went away for six days and came back to a completely different garden. That’s the beauty of the garden in summer, there’s always something new, always drastic change, look away and you’ll miss it. Tending a garden means almost daily care, but it’s not drudgery because there is so much happening on a daily basis.

When do you notice the most drastic changes in the garden during the growing season?

2 Comments to “Growth Spurt”
  1. Toni on June 29, 2015 at 11:16 am

    OH! Your garden is beautiful!! I have 3 raised “vegetable” gardens and no matter how much I water, the chiles, peppers and especially tomatoes are doing awful! Finally, yesterday I think we figured out the problem! We put our patio thermometer in the shade of one of the pepper plants only to discover that the temperature was almost 120 degrees Fahrenheit. In the shade!! My poor plants are burning up!! Maybe I need 3 succulent and cactus gardens.

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  2. Melissa on June 29, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I have been “following” you intermittently for years. But, it’s been a while since I have checked in with your blog. I was so excited to see that you are now in Maine as I am also a Mainer (MDI- Bar Harbor). Welcome and keep doing what you do so well.

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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