No pictures today. :-(
This has been one of the hottest weeks I can remember around here, and it got started on Sunday, during the 9 hour-long outdoor death metal concert me and the boys went to in Atlanta. Most of the shows were on small stages affixed on top of an asphalt parking lot, and let me tell ya - that was definitely brutal! However, once the big shows started in the amphitheater area, things were definitely cooler. It rained some, and was surely welcomed - that's for sure. For the record, I think Rob Zombie had the best show (really weird, but good), and the other bands were just "ok".
Now for the garden....Although the peak temperatures of summer are beginning to take their toll on some of the plants, most everything is doing pretty good. All of the squash plants were removed on Monday evening, because of powdery mildew and lack of pollination. It was a pretty good crop this time around, and we certainly have plenty in the freezer for use over winter months.
Cucumbers are still doing their thing, but the bugs are really arriving in large numbers for them now. Both varieties of cucumber beetles can be found daily, and even squashbugs are making the vines home, too.
Beans have really slowed down alot, and i'm contemplating removing them altogether. Okra absolutely thrives in the heat, and is one of the best performers in the garden right now.
Tomatoes are still doing their thing, too, but quality of fruit has diminished just a bit. I expect them to rebound once the temps cool down a bit, though.
The sweet potatoes are trying to take over the yard, but I still keep directing the vines toward the center of their respective containers. I can't wait for this years' harvest!
The largest melon (which is the size of a basketball) will be picked this evening, and i'll definitely take a picture of it - as well as check the weight. It should weigh in around 15 lbs., I figure.
Another butternut squash has set fruit, too, and that makes 2 so far. I hope more will do the same, as the vines are still looking pretty healthy right now.
Other than that, it's just miserably hot right now, and i'm trying my best to keep me and my buddy Jude cool. She gets a shower with the garden hose on some evenings, and just loves it.
Take care and happy gardening!