It’s hot. The last few days have been a trial in forbearance with temperatures of 100F, 102F, 106F (by my gauge yesterday) and today’s expected high of 104F. I like the way the weather has decided to be a slightly different version of hell everyday.
Keeps it interesting.
Needless to write, I’m not out in the garden much. I just go outside, water the containers, gather the vegetables, pull a few weeds and then run back indoors before 9:30 a.m. The best summer gardening in the south is done between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., or in the evenings if you don’t mind the mosquitoes.
Otherwise, you might get heat stroke. Bill did some digging in the middle of the day yesterday and ’bout near killed himself. Fortunately, he came indoors before it was really serious and drank lots of water, placed a wet rag on his head and cooled down. Still, he had a headache part of the day and took two naps to recover.
Dana and Nancy, two local friends, one longtime and one new, came to visit on Saturday. I told them we had to do it before 9:30 a.m., and being good Oklahoma girls, they listened. They were here at 9:15, and we had a good time walking around the place. Now, I’d like to see Nancy’s garden. Dana says she doesn’t grow anything. I wonder. Their visit and questions became the impetus for a post about my first garden memory.
I see from Carol’s blog she’s celebrating her 1,500th post. That’s quite a milestone and one I may never achieve. Of course, she’s been blogging much longer than I, and quite honestly, she’s much more prolific. Congratulations Carol friend.
As for vegetables, I picked twelve tomatoes this morning, one cucumber and a whole bunch of onions and peppers. I see very hot salsa in my future. Anybody got tortilla chips? I wish I’d grown poblanos again. I have this amazing casserole I make with onions, poblano peppers, sausage, cheese (for the other family members) and eggs. It is splendid. I need to locate that and make it. I can buy the poblanos.
This has been hands down the best tomato year I’ve had in ten. All of the tomatoes have performed beautifully, but Cherokee Purple is the hands down winner for big juicy fruit. Later, I’ll tabulate exactly which ones did best and let you know. Don’t worry if your tomatoes suddenly stop performing. They drop their blossoms unpollinated in this kind of weather. If it gets cooler, we’ll have more tomato set, so don’t pull up those plants yet.
As for peppers, Garden Salsa, a variety I bought from Steve and Ruth Owens at Bustani Plant Farm, has produced the most peppers. They are somewhat hot, but not bad. A good all around pepper.
The basil is finally blooming so fast I can’t keep the blossoms piccked so it’s starting to taste too strong. Oh well, it had a good run and now the butterflies can enjoy it.
No melons yet, but I have hopes from the blossoms. Oh, and I planted Musquee de Provence pumpkins the other day along with some amaranth Autumn Palette seeds and Art Deco zinnias. Botanical Interests sent me the seeds, nice people, and I want to see if my season is long enough to get blooms on the amaranth. I’ll let you know. Don’t forget to enter the soap giveaway. Final day to enter is Wednesday before noon.
Oh, and one more thing, I and seven other gardeners, posted on the Lowe’s blog this week. We share about colorful containers we’ve seen. Next time, we’ll discuss what we learned on our summer vacations about gardening. I learned three very important things.
Also, it’s time to start thinking about a fall vegetable garden now. You can get more information on what to grow from this Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service pamphlet. For those of us who lost our summer squash to vine borers or squash bugs, we can still plant summer squash seeds until September 1 according to the pamphlet.
Well, gotta go plant some squash seeds myself. As Mary Ann, says, later taters.