A couple of days ago a storm (they are our only source of rain this time of year - no fronts) gave us almost .4" of water. Most of it evaporated right off the grass and leaves and the ground shows no effect.
There is no really good news. Nothing encouraging to report. Outside projects (like building, staining, moving heavy objects) are unfeasible in this heat and even the little bit of watering I do in the early A.M. soon leaves me overheated and enervated.
|German chamomile grown in a pot|
I have picked 4 cucumbers, but am not expecting much more out of the 6 plants. Where the deer didn't eat the leaves, the heat is making the plant drop blossoms so even though I'm watering the vines daily, there seems to be little payback for the effort. I'll keep watering, though -- for a while -- and see if the vines make new blooms.
Otherwise, I'm inside. It's depressing. I don't have any 'inside' fall back direction for this time of year and I'm at odds. And even with the novelty of reading on the iPad, an antsy gal like me can only sit still for so long. (Yet even though I'm getting bored, rest assured I've NOT turned into a housecleaning machine. Ha!)
I thought these kind of days would make for some extracurricular excursions to street fairs, farmers markets, and other outdoor events. But the weather is killer and the very thought of walking around in it ON PURPOSE strikes me as a little insane.
There is one item to report. I've not mowed the lawn for 4 weeks now. The grass is burnt, but the clover is still green (most blooms are now blown, brown and making seed - although the honeybees are still pervasive, even in this heat). Still, I think my less-than-manicured lawn looks better than the closely shaved dead grass that others have. AND (here's the pony in the poo), I've saved between $6-7/week for lawnmower gasoline. By the end of the month there will be plenty left in the wallet to pay for all the A/C I've used lately.
I should go water the veg bed now. But, like the cukes, the peppers and tomatoes are not making flowers. Haven't for the past couple weeks. I'm trying to decide if I should just let them fend for themselves as I'm pretty sure that there will be no harvest, per se, this season. As for the produce I see at outdoor stands, I sure wonder where the heck it comes from. Not from around here, I'm betting.
P.S. On a more positive note, I've put up 2 new posts on the VEG PAGE.
One for CARROTS. < = click
One for CUKES. <= click