For the second week now, we’re experiencing a terrific (for us!) heat wave with steady temperatures in the nineties every day. What makes it so hard for us is that we’re in our frantic planting mode in order to ensure we get mature seeds, come fall. Luckily, we have had some friends pop in and help from time to time. Today, our friends, Mike and Dara, stopped by in the morning and helped mulch tomatoes and squash, drive stakes to support tomatoes, and plant beans after setting up stock panel trellises for them. We worked from 7 this morning until noon when the temperatures, along with the humidity, drove us into the house.
Will and I needed to buy more steel T-posts which support the tomato cages, tomatoes, and various trellises for pole beans of all sorts. Last night, our new apprentice, Ashley, drove in and we had an enjoyable visit before bedtime. Today she helped mulch tomatoes and went for a nice nature walk, gathering up an assortment of plants for me to identify. Such fun!
I’m done planting tomatoes — finally! I finished up early this morning, before it got so darned hot. We’re amazed at how wonderful the first tomatoes we set in are looking. Most are doubled in size already! This afternoon, we’re taking a break from the heat but around 7 this evening, we’ll be back out, planting beans and Will is going to till the North garden for a third time, as that’s where we’ll be planting next. Whew! The first corn, planted from seed, Seneca Sunrise, is up. Last night we got a little heavy rain so we have hopes the veggies will spring up in their rows very soon. — Jackie