hot town, garden in the city

This is my first summer as a gardener, and I’m really just kind of winging it. Sure, I’ve been hitting the Jerry Baker books like every gardener who needs tips and tricks, but sometimes I like more localized information. I also like color pictures and clicking on stuff. That is where my favorite gardening blog comes in. One day while I was scanning the headlines at, Larry Pfarr’s gardening blog caught my eye with an interesting headline, and I’ve been reading it religiously every since. His entries are always concise, informative, and timely. I had no idea the holes in my hostas were caused by slugs (scroll down to the June 13th entry), and if I can ever bring myself to share some beer, their days are numbered. It’s also been a great source for gardening ideas for next year, because you can never start the garden planning too soon.

The recent dry weather has not been too tough on my flowers as long as I keep them watered, and I’m really surprised to find my cucumbers basking in the heat. The cukes have taken off and started flowering and growing vines, which is really quite thrilling if you’ve never grown a vegetable before. As for the lawn, I’ve given up on it and just enjoy the fact that brown grass doesn’t grow. I’m sure I’m trading time saved this summer for time I’ll be reseeding next spring, but I’m living in the moment.

How have your gardens and lawns been faring in the heat wave? What other vegetables are doing especially well in this heat?

2 Comments so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 8:38 am

    I can’t even keep a cactus alive.

  2. Heather K (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 9:48 am

    I had to make an emergency trip to a friend’s house (which is near mine) on Saturday to water her garden because she was out of town. Her tomatoes, peppers, beans and flowers looked pretty good for missing out on moisture for a few days.

    It’s pathetic: I have no garden yet so I’m living vicariously through hers.

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