I was wrong.
With the heat, I needed to get out early in the morning or after dinner to avoid the sun at its most brutal. Mornings were out since for most of the summer HP woke up around 5:30 a.m. Eventually I want him to spend time with me in the garden, but right now he is still too young for me to get real work done. His version of helping involves pulling the leaves off the plants and walking through the rows. I am working with him to be more gentle/careful, but he is only fourteen months old and the temptation to explore with all of his senses is often too much to resist. Evenings would have been a good option to spend some quality time with the plants, but I have never been good at being productive past dinner.
Moral of the story: I need carve out a regular slice of time to dedicate to the plot a few days a week. Now that it is cooling off (read: only in the mid nineties!) and HP is getting older, it should be easier for me to find the time to make it a priority.
Enough excuses. Here's how the garden looks today:
|Lots of weeds in the middle row and Bermuda grass creeping in from all sides|
|Hill Country Red Okra|
|Silver Queen Okra|
|Damn squirrel. Hope you enjoyed your local, fresh, organic melon.|
|Two Mickeylee watermelons on the vine|
|Sugar Baby watermelon hiding under the okra|
|Yellow Crookneck Squash|
|Red Ripper Beans|
I am planning on clearing out the beans and dessicated tomato plants to make room for fall crops this weekend. I probably should have started planting a few weeks ago, but that didn't happen. According to this list, there are still plenty of vegetables to plant even with my late start.
May we have a rainy fall and a bountiful harvest in the season to come!