Having rain on and around summer solstice is often a guarantee of a hot summer here, and this time summer is not waiting until July 6th to show up! Heat wave came on immediately after the rains let up; the yard actually feels a bit jungle-ish, with everything so lush. Humid! I would say that the little basil are the only complainers. They can’t figure out what is coming or going, as their elusive heat kept shifting around. Transplant time for them coming up!
While being gone several days to Mt. Shasta over the Solstice, where it was really dry and dusty, the squash and tomatoes decided the warm moisture was their cue to grow by leaps/bounds. Melons are still a bit slower, but firmly established now. Lettuce, spinach, and most of the mesclun mix is bolting, so there is an element of normalcy. We have a lot of work to do this weekend and a bounty to give away! I spy some hefty looking beet-roots on the end of a row, also, so some first pickings and sorting needed there, too. Bush bean blossoms announce their next phase, while Bambie has expanded her buffet to include tomato plants early in the season. We won’t even discuss what the weeds think about it all!
And we all shine on!
I look forward to reading your blog. Love the way you have transformed the front yard. It is not a jungle, quite beautiful! Your salad is the reward. It is so nice to see someone else out there that is putting food in on city lots…I will be back..robbie:-)
Thanks very much, Robbie! As much as I intend to update the blog, it seems like time and life activities keep me occupied in the “doing”, the gardening, hiking, etc., rather than writing! We are enjoying a productive garden again, with ripe tomatoes finally coming in…;-) Stay tuned…