Mid July is about the time of summer that I have had my share of swamp pants and am ready for the coolnees of fall; but that ain't happening. So I am thankful that we are not barbarians here in Bakersfield, California, and know precisely how to operate an air conditioner - thus reducing the much dreaded "swamp pants" incidences to a minimum.
Not many enjoy July heat; but some in the garden are flourishing:
The peach tree is really doing well this summer. Several summers back it was scalded by the sun. I thought it would need to be replaced; but wrapping the trunk last summer helped. (The apple tree continues to need summer wrap.) Now with no wrap, the peach tree is making a nice canopy of shade and some lovely peaches.
With the house in an upheaval due to remodeling in the kitchen, I have lost my notes on what variety of cantaloupes were planted in early May. Three hills were planted. Only a few seeds sprouted. Those sprouts remained stunted at only 1 - 1.5 inches tall until the serious heat hit in July. Then...BLAMO! I suspect planting so early for whatever variety this is does not work best. I need to remember to plant around Memorial Day in the future.
Gold Currant Tomato Volunteer
Gold Currant grape-sized tomatoes thrive in the garden. Volunteers sprout everywhere and are constantly eliminated. A few survive to provide bite sized snacks that my mother devours like candy. These also make excellent fresh salsa. I have a few lame peppers and onions in the garden that I may experiment to try to create a small amount of salsa on my kitchen table/ desk/catchall.
But for now, I'm inside running the air conditioner.