Summer Watermelon Popsicles

Happy belated Independence Day!
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I made the girls some cute fireworks hair ties to wear for the holiday. I just tied little red, white and blue felt scraps to a elastic band.

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We also made some delicious, simple, watermelon yogurt popsicles on July 4th. Adelaide quite enjoyed her first popsicle (and yes, she was a dirty mess from “helping” in the garden).
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All I did was blend up a few chunks of watermelon, added a 1/2 c. of organic, whole yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup and froze! A great way to deal with the 100*F heat.

Thankfully it’s cooled off a bit now and we were able to spend quite a bit of time in the garden this morning. I managed to weed all the beds as well as start our fall garden in our plastic greenhouse indoors ~ kale, swiss chard, broccoli and cabbage.

Here’s a peek at our garden this year.
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My overgrown herb bed ~ the oregano is completely taking over and I already cut my comfrey way back because it was huge. I still have plenty of boo boo salve from last year’s comfrey harvest, so I’m not worried about it.

Tomatoes, eggplant and bell peppers. There’s also a hops vine and 2 cantaloupe plants you can’t really see.
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Pumpkins with a row of garlic behind. I think it may be almost harvest time for most of the garlic.
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Tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans and two zucchini plants.
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Here you can see part of the middle bed, which has more tomato plants, hot peppers, carrots and newly started beets and turnips where I pulled up the peas. Not sure how well they’ll germinate in the heat though.
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Somehow I missed taking a picture of the asparagus and rhubarb bed, as well as the winter squash~ delicata and acorn. We also have a newly started green bean, carrot and radish bed that I’m hoping to transplant the fall vegetables into as well. And we also have raspberry plants at the bottom of our hill. We had blueberries last year, but they didn’t do very well and we’re thinking we’ll put in more raspberries as they do really well in our area. We have them growing wild all along the edge of our property so we will transplant a few into the hill at some point.

We also have numerous tomato plants, spinach and swiss chard in random pots in the garden. Most of the seedlings I started took longer than I expected to germinate and grow, so we ended up buying plants and we ran out of garden space once mine actually grew. Oops. I had major seed starting fail this year.

The early warm, then cold weather at the beginning of the season hurt our apple and peach trees ~ we won’t get even one this year from any of our 4 apple or 1 peach tree. The local apple orchards were devastatingly hurt this year as well.

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