What the heck?! Blogging sure has dwindled down to a small trickle just like the flow of the good ol' Kern River. Even though the drought is taking its toll, production in the garden continues. Here's what's going on:
As for the drought, I have very strong opinions that I'll save for another time.
Afterthought: I forgot to list the biggest resident in the garden this summer - tomatoes! Here's the variety, the amount, and where they came from:
Better Boy (6 plants from Floyd's) - These are planted in a bed that has been solarized to kill root knot nematodes. 4 out of 6 plants are thriving. As the temperatures have increased, the plants are looking healthier.
Big Beef (1 plant from the Tomato Lady at the Haggin Oaks Farmers Market) - The Tomato Lady needed to reduce her inventory; so a dollar bill won a healthy plant to try out.
Champion (6 plants from Floyd's) - These are living up to their name. All the plants are growing vigorously with many blossoms and tomatoes (non ripe yet).
Gold Currant (1 plant from a bird pooping at the front step) - Several years ago, a co-worker gave me an heirloom plant she started from seed. The thing would never die; so Farmer MacGregor had to yank it out during the winter. Each year, it sprouts somewhere in the garden. The current Gold Currant sprouted last year at the front step and thrived through our mild winter. It grows a top hedges (see header photo) for about 8 feet and has been producing grape tomatoes the entire time. It's a keeper.
Super Sweet 100 (1plant from Walmart) - What the heck. These were out on a rack at the entrance to the dreaded Walmart; so I made the trip a little bit more enjoyable by picking up a tomato plant. We'll see.