Why do we live here

Yes, it is that season and a bad one at that. So many days above 110 I’ve lost track and more to come.

I’m done with summer.

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-environment/2020/07/31/arizona-summer-heat-2020-hotter-than-normal-so-far/112601516/

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The girls

This time of year is all about them. Just trying to keep them alive. AZ is brutal on them. The monsoons have not kicked in and that means temps are going north of 110 again soon.

Lord, please bring the rain.

The sprinkler system has a leak at the box. I’ll have to wait until fall to fix it. I’ll start planning the fall garden soon. I won’t work on it for another month but I need to plan the work soon but there is no way I’ll work on it much until then.

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Dog days have arrived

Temps have been hitting over 110. In an effort to keep the chickens alive I have given them free rain of the whole yard. They’ve taken advantage of that. Between the heat and the chickens everything is pretty much… done.

The only thing still sticking around is the one sweet potato plant that survived the squirrel menace.

The chickens don’t seem to mess with it.

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THAT Season

It’s the “why do we live here” season.

Officially it’s summer but that’s kind of a vague term here considering I have seen 100 degree temps the weekend before Thanksgiving. In other words, it’s hot.

Zucchini, oddly enough, are still producing. Tomatoes are ripening up. The bird bath worked for the most part to keep the birds off the fruit. Squirrels of course are a different matter. We’ve harvested several good sized tomatoes and I’ve been eating some very flavorful sandwiches.

Out of desperation I harvested a near 8 pound watermelon. No ripe. Very disappointing. The chickens loved it.

Waiting on several others to finally ripen.

Turns out ONE sweet potato survived the pests. I’ll plant a few more and hope for the best.

Pomegranates are getting bigger but not quite ripe yet. Again, I hope we can get some good fruit before the squirrels pillage them.

Grapes were small but good flavor and quantity. I literally did nothing for these. That’s my favorite kind of plant right there.

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Fruit

The tomatoes are producing. We had the first larger tomato this morning. Night time temps are still below 80 so the plants continue to set fruit.

I have to say, I’m excite to slice this and have it on a sandwich.

The watermelons are growing in number and size. I did run into a minor complication. The vines started to grow down the side of my house and have made there way into a roll of unused chicken wire. A melon started to grow and is now inseparable from the chicken wire. I’m reminded of people who have put watermelons in boxes to grow square melons. That is a bit intriguing to me…

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