July 17: Rain a sight for dry eyes

Got home this morning after two days in the Dells. And while we were able to mostly tolerate temps in the high 90s because we spent our time on water slides or floating down “rivers” on tubes, I was a bit worried how the veggies and flowers would fare while we were gone.

Fortunately, they looked like they tolerated the excessive heat surprisingly well, although it did appear that a few of the onion tops and bean plants were bent over a bit. Nothing too serious. Didn’t see any deer or other animal tracks, so not sure what caused it. Two and a half days without the sprinkler didn’t seem to hurt anything.

There are tons of beans to pick, but that will have to wait until tomorrow – it’s a bit muddy in the garden right now. That’s right, we finally got some rain – about 9/10 of an inch! It seems like it’s been forever since we got that much rain at one time. I think that was back in June, at least for my garden.

We didn’t get hail like some nearby areas, but I was worried about the gusts of wind. The tree tops swayed back and forth so violently that I was afraid the tomato cages would be knocked over and other plants would be flattened. The new, sturdier tomato cages (tomato plants, too) didn’t appear to be affected by the wind. I think those cages were my best garden equipment purchase this summer.

The wind did knock over a few of the potatoes, but I’m guessing they’ll pop back up once things dry off. A few of my Cosmos stems also were knocked over, and if they don’t make a comeback by tomorrow, I’ll stake them with some cute, tiny stakes I bought (just today!) on sale at Stein’s.

The three red cherry tomatoes I talked about in my last post fully ripened while we were gone, and they were fantastic! The way a cherry tomato explodes in your mouth when you bite into it. The sweet-yet-sour taste that tantalizes each and every one of your taste buds. If that doesn’t say summer, I don’t know what does. I’m salivating just thinking about eating one. Can’t wait for more to ripen.

Jeepers update: I honestly think the pumpkin vine grew at least 6 or 8 inches while we were gone. Jeepers now has crept into the salvia plant and should hit the far end of the fence in the next couple days. I’m almost rooting for it – as long as it stays away from the tomatoes.

My garden looking east:

Looking east July 17

Looking west:

Looking west July 17

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Cindy on July 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Your garden looks just beautiful, Julie. Glad you got some rain. Not a drop here.

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