It has been brutally hot, everyday this week in the 90's. Each day as the inevitable thunderstorms build, we eagerly watch the weather radar only to see the storms inexplicably break up and pass around us without dropping any rain. Frustrating. The only time its decent to work outside is before 9 AM or after 7 PM.
Despite the dry heat the gardens are looking good and productive. We have 180 onions curing in the shed, 60 heads of garlic dried, cleaned and ready to store, 20 pounds of potatoes curing under the bed and another 20 pounds yet to be dug from the garden.
This week we started harvesting the first of the beans, squash and cukes and the tomatoes are fattening up. Beets are getting rounder, carrots longer and broader by the day.
The peas are about finished as are all the spring greens, between the caterpillars and the heat, forcing them to bolt to flower. I harvested all the kale and spinach wholesale a couple of weeks ago and cooked a bushel down to a couple of pounds for the freezer.
Beet thinnings, kale and spinach headed for the freezer
Still working at Spanish for Fun. We made these "grow bags" with coffee bags and here I am teaching the kids how to snap a snapdragon. A lost art I am trying to keep alive. These kids are a total joy and keep me going even on the hottest of days.
Looking forward to a dip in the creek tomorrow as we head down to conduct our quarterly stream watch in search of macroinvertebrates and other critters. It will be a good day to get wet.