Here are the garden crops I picked this morning from our produce patch.
We've been eating fresh tomatoes for about two weeks now.
The Roma plum tomatoes get rinsed, bagged and put in the freezer. They are easy to use in the winter for soups or stews by just dipping them in hot water, slipping off the skins, and plopping them in the pot.
Between all the comings and goings, we are trying to keep the yard looking fresh. Yesterday we actually had some measurable rain, about 2/10 of an inch in our weather station rain gauge. We missed it because we had to go south for some family business for most of the day.
We have kept our watering system going so far, but even that doesn't keep up with the heat and the drought.
Because there is moisture in our soil, and no other neighbors are watering, the moles have found us. They tunnel just under the surface looking for food, and then at night the raccoons come and dig up the surface tunnels to see what they can find. So parts of the lawn are a mess, and it requires a lot of stomping before Tom can mow it.
Beets and carrots are under a row cover cloche to keep out leaf miner and carrot worms.
The zucchini patch is a jungle. I have 12 loaves of zucchini bread in the freezer and now with the newest picking we are once again overwhelmed with zucchini.
The sweet peas are shutting down but the marigolds, cosmos, zinnias and dahlias are still going strong.
In this new bed seedlings of golden fever few fill in gaps and the rest is just holding until we start cutting it all back.
When we get to stay home, we walk first thing in the morning and then spend a few hours working in the yard. After our 1:00 lunch hour, we take it easier, reading, checking online communication, keeping the cat company.
It's the lazy, hazy daze of summer.