No. Really. How does your garden grow?
Although we had a bit of the sky-moisture come our way last Thursday, it was only enough that I didn't have to water one day. One. Stinking. Day.
The temperatures are still in the 100's every day. I worry about our well going dry, even though I have no real reason to believe that it is. For all I know there is a million gallons down there. Or twenty. I have cut back watering the trees to every two or three days. What little fruit there was on the trees have fallen off from the heat (I think) and we've salvaged a few pieces here and there to munch on. But since they are not needing water for fruit production, I'm just watering them to keep them alive.
I've been spoiling my veggie (embrace it, Susan) garden though. It receives a daily watering. And I feel guilty about it. Should I really be wasting water on ten tomato plants, six rows of green beans, ten pepper plants, and a half-dozen squash plants? Not to mention the two watermelon and two cantaloupe plants in the "was supposed to be an herb garden"? Is the water worth the meager harvest I'll get from the summer garden?
And then I went and planted more squash. Half of which some bugger of an animal has ripped up. I had six beautiful pumpkin plants starting to get their true leaves when they were unmercifully dug out of their little compost-filled holes in the ground. The acorn squash survived, not sure if by mere chance or if the critters don't like them. I know I shouldn't plant anything else. But I probably will. I can't give up. Although I am still putting off planting some things because the seedlings will more than likely just die in this heat. I've seen a few gardens in town with sheets hanging up on their garden fences (I assume to provide some additional shade) and I may do that for the peas, cucumbers and lettuce when I get them in.
I've been pretty good at nipping the squash bugs in the bud. Just about every day I'm turning over leaves in search of their eggs and find some every day. Relentless little buggers. I've also found several dozen nymphs and squashed them to kingdom come so I'm obviously missing some eggs. There is also one tomato plant that has been almost totally relieved of it's leaves by a horn worm. It's methodical munching and pile of readily recognized poop is a tell tale sign. I've been out there two mornings now and can not find the bugger. I sat out there going over that one tomato plant for a good ten solid minutes and couldn't find him. They are great camouflage artists, but this guy must be some kind of Navy Seal of the garden pest world.