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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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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It happens every year about this time. I’m not sure how. I check the vines every day but somehow one hides. In the picture the yellow squash is a good harvest size. Again, not sure what happened with the zuke on the bottom. Oops. 🤣

First peppers are in this morning a few jalepenos and some New Mexico chilies. We’ll chop them up and put them in a brine in the fridge. It’s very good on sandwiches.

Humans 12

Pests 13

I think it will be time to replant sweet potatoes soon.

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Like watching fish

I don’t have any fish tanks but every time I see them in a waiting room or lobby I am mesmerized. I love to watch them. There is something relaxing about it.

Watching the chickens is a similar experience. Of course I also have to guard them from getting my cantaloupe vines but that’s okay. This batch of chickens is pretty… chicken, so it’s an easy job.

The war is going the right direction thanks to the murder bucket.

Humans 11

Pests 13 (and stagnant).

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