It’s been a busy summer so far, but it’s not over yet. The past couple of weeks were so hot that it was hard to be outside for any time at all. Just walking out in the humidity would make me pour sweat. There may have been some afternoons that were spent lounging in the pool, reading a book instead of working in the garden….
The garden has been doing well. I have picked about a ton of cucumbers, which makes my heart happy. The okra hasn’t produced as much as it did last year, but I have picked a few so far. Blackberries were great, and of course the herbs have come in handy. Everything else is still growing, but hasn’t produced much yet. It’s looking good, but since I planted so late, it’s not quite there yet.
I think the thing I am most excited about it is the tomatoes. I somehow ended up planting about 70 tomato plants of different varieties, and it’s been a chore to keep the tomato jungle under control. I may have planted them a little too close together, and they are on a hill, so it’s a constant struggle against gravity to keep them growing upward. Those small obstacles will be inconsequential when all of the tomatoes ripen. I can’t wait to can tomatoes, make salsa, and make tomato sauce! All of the tying and staking will be worth it in the end. Until then, I will continue to eat as many cucumbers as is humanly possible.