Monday, July 5, 2010
This was today's harvest. A few cucumbers, squash, bell peppers and a variety of tomatoes -- plus one shallot I pulled to check their progress. Not too bad, huh? Well, take a good look because it may be the best of the season.
Our garden is wilting from the heat and lack of rain. After more than four weeks without any rain, DH used the last of the collected rainwater over a week ago.
Much of May and June was hot -- days over 90ºF. and nighttime lows tended to stay above 70º. After a slight reprieve last week, the National Weather Service issued an Excessive Heat Watch for the next few days. That means it's likely to hit triple digits. And, other than a very slight chance of thunderstorms at the end of the week, there's no rain in sight.
The melons and winter squash in the photo above are mulched with straw. Can you tell the difference between the straw mulch and the regular grass "growing" in the upper right of the picture? The late-planted tomatoes are coming into bloom but I have serious doubts they will produce much edible fruit. Blossom-end rot is a killer when the water supply's erratic. The second planting of beans is looking good but I expect it will start to show the effects of no rain before many days pass. Yes, I know, "always with the negative waves, Moriarity, always with the negative waves." I'll try to do better tomorrow.