Mostly sunny

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It’s not as hot and dry as Phoenix, Arizona, but almost. It probably is as dry actually.  Some evenings we get an exciting T-storm but it’s just dry lightning, no rain. Still, I love our summers. I savor every moment outside in the aging radiation. But I also wear a mask when outside my house or backyard, which is an effective sunblock and I kind of wish I’d been wearing one for the past 30 years.

I also learned a lot from this midwestern gardening expert who discussed mistakes many growers (including me) have made during hot weather.  To summarize:

  • Don’t water during the heat of the day
  • Don’t fertilize
  • Don’t plant seeds directly in hot soil (oops, I planted beans, but they came up)
  • Don’t leave ripe fruit on the plant
  • If you have to deal with bugs, remove them manually – don’t spray anything on leaves

Here’s a lovely thunderhead that appeared toward the end of a picnic dinner the other night, which didn’t leave a drop of moisture.

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And here’s my first video from the newly created Deathplow YouTube channel, filmed by 11-year-old EG, where I explain the disorderly nature of my garden and what weeds I like.

Next up, EG tells us about their first hugel. Cheers!

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Author: Fire Horse

I live in Colorado with my husband Metal Pig, our son Evil Genius ("EG") and, for some reason, two Dalmatianesque dogs. One of my dreams is to show a respectable return on the investment I put into growing food in our suburban yard. We love plants but eat them too. I use grandiose terms when describing my garden, like "crops" and "nitrogen levels" but it's too small to be a farm. Maybe one day I'll hitch a miniature horse to a tiny plow and take out the turf grass in the front yard to make room for growing grains.

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