August 23, 2010

It’s been super hot here for the past few weeks.  And, even worse than that, we’ve had no rain to speak of; not even the occasional random thunderstorm. 

The garden is really suffering.  I have been trying my best to keep up with a watering schedule but I’m continually trying to put it off.  I feel almost guilty turning on the hose, knowing that it’s not really wasting water, but feeling kind-of like it is.  When I water the vegetable garden the guilt isn’t there; I do see that as a necessity. 

And my perennial beds were designed to withstand quite a bit of drought, but even this is too much for them to handle.  I’ve had to lug out the hose several times over the past few weeks and I don’t like it.  I’m crossing my fingers for a few rainy days in the near future. 

The only happy plants I’ve got right now are my potted agave and my snake plant, both were made for hot and dry.  All the rest are looking a bit stressed out.  Even the weeds look fried. 

Despite the weather conditions (and because of my regular non-guilt waterings), the vegetable garden has been doing pretty well. 

My favorite new veggie selection for this year is the ‘Music’ pole beans I planted on the tee pee.  They aren’t all that prolific and I have to pick them young, but they’re quite delicious and the plants are very vigorous and have covered the structure just as I planned (I love it when that happens!).

From the looks of it, they’ll be producing until frost.  There are tons of flowers onboard and the bees are busy working them over.  Always good to see.

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