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Georgia Garden in Summer

Updated on September 21, 2017
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Alan is a veteran of the US Air Force, a master electrician, and a long time hobby farmer.

Sun shining through beautiful yellow shrubs.
Sun shining through beautiful yellow shrubs. | Source

Georgia on My Mind

- Georgia is home to the Okefenokee Swamp, the largest swamp in North America.

- Georgia is home to the largest sculpture in the world, a carving on the face of Stone Mountain

- Georgia is home to the nation's oldest state funded park.

- Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.

Take a Walk Around my Garden

Come and take a walk around my Georgia garden. I am located in a rural area of Georgia, about forty miles west of Atlanta. I enjoy gardening in raised bed gardens and containers. I am also an amateur beekeeper with a few hives of honey bees.

Summer is one of my favorite times of year, and one reason is all the colorful sights. A morning stroll through the garden is never disappointing. There are always some interesting specimens around to examine.

A morning stroll through the garden is never disappointing

Wild dewberries in the Georgia bramble.
Wild dewberries in the Georgia bramble. | Source
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Orange lily in full bloom.
Orange lily in full bloom. | Source
Succulent enjoying some sun.
Succulent enjoying some sun. | Source
Close up of succulent garden.
Close up of succulent garden. | Source
Cactus displaying a bright red bloom.
Cactus displaying a bright red bloom. | Source
Purple verbena.
Purple verbena. | Source
Cucumber vine climbing to the sun.
Cucumber vine climbing to the sun. | Source
Hens and chicks in a pot.
Hens and chicks in a pot. | Source
Succulent plant reaching for the sun.
Succulent plant reaching for the sun. | Source
Tiny insect hiding in sunny Euonymus.
Tiny insect hiding in sunny Euonymus. | Source
Honey bee collecting nectar.
Honey bee collecting nectar. | Source
Cucumber bloom.
Cucumber bloom. | Source
Ants inspecting a bell pepper bloom.
Ants inspecting a bell pepper bloom. | Source
Small green tomatoes still hanging on the vine.
Small green tomatoes still hanging on the vine. | Source
Honey bee working on clover.
Honey bee working on clover. | Source
Pink rose bud.
Pink rose bud. | Source
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Wild flowers near an old fence post.
Wild flowers near an old fence post. | Source
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Chicken litter can be a little tricky. Following the less is more mindset will go a long way here.

A Little Sample of Nature

Day to Day

Many of my flowers are in pots and raised beds. This requires a little extra work on my part, but the results speak for themselves. I water using collected rain twice a week if the weather has been dry.

I apply composted chicken litter in the spring and fall. Chicken litter can be a little tricky. Following the less is more mindset will go a long way here. It is easy to apply too much litter if you have never used it before.

I collect my own chicken litter from our home flock. It is fairly easy to collect by using a bedding material like wood shavings or straw. The chicken poop gets stuck in the bedding material and can the be collected.

I would highly recommend composting your chicken litter for a while before using it on the garden. It requires a little more effort, but it is worth it. Compost bins can be as fancy or not as you want. I built my two from free pallets and some old, rusty tin. They work like a charm!

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Rural area of West Georgia

Honey bees at hive entrance.
Honey bees at hive entrance.

Get a Buzz

As I mentioned, I am an amateur beekeeper. Honey bees are a great addition to any rural property. I'm sure they do great on a skyscraper rooftop too, but I have zero experience with the city life. I live so far off the beaten path, Bigfoot would get lost out here.

But the bees don't get lost, they get to work. They do a great job of pollinating many of our local trees and wildflowers. Of course, they also provide us with delicious honey. What a great deal!

Beekeeping is a hobby that many avid gardeners enjoy, but it may not be for everyone. It is a somewhat expensive hobby to start. It also involves heavy lifting, working in the heat, and getting stung sometimes.

I will say one thing about the stings, I never remember getting stung when that honey comes flowing out of the spout. Honey makes everything all better in my mind.

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Thanks for Stopping By

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my summer garden. I always enjoy sharing the garden with friends and visitors. Yall come on back anytime and enjoy the views.

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      Alan 3 years ago from West Georgia

      Thanks DDE, I use the berries for making homemade wine. They are good in jellies also, but the wild berries in my area have many little seeds, and have to be strained for jelly.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! So beautiful photos. I have these berries and will have ripe fruit soon. The summer nights make you feel free and relaxed. To enjoy such greatness outdoors is breath taking for anyone