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Stephan and I have been going out to the community garden at least twice a week to water.  We’ve still had no rain.  The spinach was looking very stressed and was going to seed like crazy, so Stephan decided to pull it all up.  We’ve got some in the fridge for salads and some frozen for future use.  We picked one little cucumber and one little zucchini.  We started giving away a lot of lettuce because we are growing more than we can eat and it will probably be getting bitter soon in this heat.  We also usually pick a little Swiss chard each time we go, and maybe a handful of turnips or beets.  The Swiss chard just keeps producing, and there are plenty of turnips and beets still growing, so I expect we’ll have some of those throughout the growing season.  The tomatoes are growing well (at least someone likes this hot weather!) and we have several summer and autumn squashes growing.  We get a few pea pods each time we go out there, and the corn is about thigh-high.  We’re wondering if the potatoes are nearly ready to dig, but we aren’t sure.  We’re going to wait a while longer on those.

I asked Stephan if he was planning to plant something else in those spots that are becoming empty (specifically, where the spinach was and where we are quickly depleting the lettuce).  At this point, he feels it’s too hot and much too dry to plant anything new since small plants need plenty of water and love.  He thinks it would just be too time-consuming to baby the new plants while still trying to water three plots several times per week.

At our home garden, we’re able to use a sprinkler, so the corn and squashes there are getting more regular waterings.  Though this small home plot was planted kind of late, things seem to be growing well.

Next week, I hope to post some photos again.


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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