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In the Garden Newsletter: Hummingbird Food, Storing Seeds, and More Rain!

In Our Garden

Another week of deluge! Somebody special must be doing a rain dance marathon. We live on a hill above a creek and a bog and with the flooding in our area, it looks like a big lake down the hill. We always wanted a lakefront property and, at least for a day or so, we have one!

flooding in woods
Flooding in lower areas during summer rains. Image by

Protect Your Plants from Fungus

As a consequence, there’s not much gardening to report this week. We sprayed for fungus on the tomatoes and squash. Then it rained. We managed to put out some Sluggo pellets (Omri approved) and dust twice with Dipel. Again, the rains came.

Mind you, we’re most grateful to have such an abundance. And since most of our plants are in raised beds or straw bales, we’re not concerned about roots drowning. Given the bad droughts that have hit this area during past summers, it’s wonderful to receive such heavenly bounty.

Rains Slow Down Plant Production

Without much sun, plant growth and harvests have slowed way down. It gives us time to wander out between downpours, and just plain enjoy being there. One of our special enjoyments is seeing and hearing the hummingbirds. We modified our feeder with a very simple “ant moat” that keeps the ants from getting all over and all inside the feeder. Some even drown in the nectar and float to the top. But not any more!


Our Garden Hummingbirds

One female Ruby Throated hummer frequents the feeder more than others. We figure she’s an “alpha female” who keeps all others at bay. The little buzzers are pretty but very combative and territorial. Occasionally, another female swoops in and slurps some nectar, but they usually get chased away by this one female.

By the way, we’ve rarely seen the male Ruby Throated hummer. He may be making his rounds to other territories. These are fascinating creatures and we’ll soon be publishing an extended write-up about these dazzling aviators.

Ruby Throated Female Hummingbird at Feeder Close up (19 seconds)

Harvesting This Week

Harvest-wise, we’ve had beaucoup cucumbers, destined to be made into cucumber salad, refrigerator pickles, or cucumber soup. Eggplants are coming in as well as tomatoes. Ratatouille anyone?

Of all the crops we’re growing, the beans have done the best. In addition to the green and purple beans, we’ve planted a bunch of shell beans like Good Mother Stallard, Monachelle di Trevio, and Dragon Tongue. As many of you know, home-grown shell beans beat the pods off store-bought in terms of robust flavor.


Heard in the Garden

Other topics of interest this week have been saving and storing seeds. If you haven’t yet seen that article you can read it here.


What’s Happening in Your Garden

That’s a wrap, folks. We had a bit more to share about the week than expected. How about your week? We’d be delighted to hear what’s happening in you neck of the garden. You can post comments and/or photos up on our Facebook page, or send us an email.

May your gardens flourish and your harvests be bountiful, and when you look upon your little Eden, may you see that it is good.
~Coleman Alderson,


Tally hoe!

~ Coleman for

Keep on Growing!

Keep on Growing!

Coleman Alderson

G. Coleman Alderson is an entrepreneur, land manager, investor, gardener, and author of the novel, Mountain Whispers: Days Without Sun. Coleman holds an MS from Penn State where his thesis centered on horticulture, park planning, design, and maintenance. He’s a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and a licensed building contractor for 27 years. “But nothing surpasses my 40 years of lessons from the field and garden. And in the garden, as in life, it’s always interesting because those lessons never end!” Coleman Alderson

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