Here's some corn, squash, and beans, the "three sisters" from my garden (though technically they might be three cousins because I grew them in separate raised beds instead of all together).
I feel fortunate to be harvesting all three of these vegetables from my garden this summer, given that around here even a hint of rain becomes the lead story on the evening news due to the general lack of rain. Imagine how excited the weathermen were this morning when we got about a half inch of rain, at least through the southern half of the county.
I have a kitchen table covered with squash right now and I am also starting to harvest a lot of tomatoes. There are beans and corn and cucumbers in the refrigerator and plenty of peppers still to harvest.
I'm tired of picking beans. I can't believe after all I have gone through to get a decent harvest of green beans that I am saying that I am tired of picking them. But I am!
Today was so hot that I didn't even venture out to the garden until 8:30 and even then I worked up a good sweat just picking squash, corn, and tomatoes. I didn't even look at the cucumbers, peppers, and beans.
When it is as dry as it is, there is a secret to getting a good harvest like this. Do you know what it is? Well, I'll tell you...
Are you ready for the secret? Really ready?
I need to know you are really ready to know the secret, so here's a test.
Here are two tomatoes that I harvested this evening.
One of them is 'Beefmaster', the other is 'Jelly Bean Grape'. If you can correctly identify which is which, then I'll reveal to you the secret behind my garden harvest this very dry, hot year.