My favourite kind of summer weather is the kind when the night comes in slowly and you realize you've only got a tank top on but its sufficient in that night breeze. Last summer, days like that just didn't happen and I finally feel like I'm getting my heat fix. We've had some of my favourite summer nights since the beginning of July and I remember why it is I want to move to California again (drought or no drought). Seriously one of these days I'm going to follow through on that threat so I can garden all year long and get rid of my winter coat that I've had for 11 years.
We've been sticking pretty close to home since June was born. "Close" as in, I haven't been out in my own backyard that much since the beginning of June... Before June arrived (ok that was a lot of June in a short amount of time) I planted rows of beets, spinach, Swiss Chard and tomatoes, along with planters of herbs and carrots. It was ambitious I'll admit since there's not a huge amount of time to spare... Which is completely evident from the overgrowth. I'm pretty sure the spinach has gone to seed... we're going to try to eat some tonight so I'll let you know if that affects the taste at all.
Even still, I don't think the neglect has bothered my tomatoes.. which seem to be surviving on the occasional watering from Mike and a good dose of rain this past month. My sunfowers are a bit behind again this year (May was really warm and sunny but June was pretty much the opposite) but they're starting to pick up again now that we've got some humid days. My clematis plant never disappoints and despite the fact that I haven't pinned it back at all, there are a mountain of blooms in my corner garden.
I'm pretty excited for next summer. All Winter and Spring we've been driving past the most amazing rural community garden on our way to midwifery appointments. I found out that you can get a huge plot for only 150$ for the season - which includes tilling and preparation for planting! I talked myself out of a plot this year... and considering the state of my own tiny backyard this was a wise decision. But this option allows me to have my dream garden without having to move in the next couple years (we've more or less decided to stay put until June is a bit older). I've scrapped my potato barrel idea in exchange for actual rows of potatoes and this is jump up and down exciting for me. I have really fond memories of squashing potato bugs with my babysitter Trudy in her huge garden when I was little. She taught me everything there was to know about "homesteading" back when it was just a good dose of common sense and a practical use of your property :) My long term life goals involve modelling a garden and cellar after Trudy's... Also I would like chickens and honeybees. These are my dreams. I would like to show June how to get rid of potato bugs one day.