Summer. I’m done with you. You are hot, sticky and well, frankly I wasn’t really able to enjoy you much. I didn’t dip my toes in the water. I didn’t hike. Beach? What beach?
I saw a post on a blog the other day that turned the whole “Aww, only one month of summer left” into “YEAH! One more month of summer!” While I do like their optimism, I am wishing it was 20* cooler.
As you can see above the garden is in a state of crispness. When I’m averaging once a week or less to the garden of course it turns crispy. I’m always afraid of what I will find but am always pleasantly surprised when I do find something still alive. And I also don’t feel as bad because for the most part everyone else’s plots are looking rather sad. Everything that says it likes heat really doesn’t—or at least it doesn’t like Texas heat.
Two days in a row I went to the garden. One day I spent time taking down the spent tomatoes and clearing out a few beds, reducing our plot numbers, and the second day I decided to start a round of fall corn, bush beans and black eyed peas. I’m going to have to rip that ugly bed of melons up soon, too, and figure out something to plant there. Now that we have a house we can plant some things here, but we won’t be putting in our beds until Chris is officially done with field work later this Fall. There’s a little spot on the south side of our house which was already planted with tomatoes and peppers and they are doing surprisingly well. I need to thin some weeds out and I might be able to plant a Fall crop or two there. I am definitely looking forward to the day when I don’t have to drive to a garden plot.
I left one tomato plant up at the garden, the Early Girl. It was the one that looked the best and was still flowering, so I trimmed it up and decided to see if it would give me any Fall tomatoes. We’ll see.
As much as I would rather not have any hard freezes this coming winter, I actually would like one to kill off all the squash and cucumber bugs we’ve had this year. Everyone I’ve talked to has said this has been an epic year for them.
How is your summer going?