SUMMER’S HERE (Finally!)

Oh, well,  I guess Ms August must have heard us talking about her and how nice a summer it turned out to be.  I suppose she couldn’t let summer end without our experiencing her hotness.

Temps have jumped up into triple digits these past few days and there are still a few more hot days ahead.  I knew we would  not escape a mild (cool) summer for too long.   In the garden, we had to erect some shade for the baby greens.  The tomatoes and other heat loving plants don’t seem to mind.

With the stifling heat and humidity here, it’s as good a time as any just to sit and go through a couple thousand photos for the 2012 “Little Homestead in the City” calendar.  Yep, it’s that time of year again!  Time for me to pick out and put together a calendar featuring photos from our homestead in the city.  I always enjoy hearing/reading the feedback that we get when folks get their calendars.  It’s a struggle to choose the photos; but the comments from ya’ll  seem to indicate I have picked  some winners!    I joke that I could make one calendar entirely of flowers and one with just produce and another with all the animals.  With only 12 months, it sure does narrow the choices down.  I already made a few revisions and there’s always next year!

You can pre-order your 2012 Calendar today.  Expect them to be shipped out sometime in late Sept, early October.

Psst’s there’s a pretty nifty giveaway worth $50 over at Freedom Gardens – check it out!

Comments(11)

  1. Joy Giles says:

    Try to keep cool. Here in Austin, Texas, we just broke the 1925 record for number of days over 100 degrees (69 days) . We are on 70-something now with no real relief in sight.. Yesterday was 110 and today’s supposed to be 111. Any day in the 90s actually feels cool. Still would rather have the heat than the big mama hurricane.

  2. Simon says:

    We’re a couple of hundred miles east of you over on the Arizona side of the river. I had hoped to put about 40 tomato and 50 pepper seedlings in the ground this past week, but 117 degrees is a bit too toasty yet. Guess no one told mama nature that August is supposed to be a little cooler than July, not hotter.

  3. jennifer says:

    Do you guys ever have a bad growing season?

    I live in Seattle. This summer our main weather station at the Seattle-Tacoma (Seatac) Airport has reached 85 degrees only ONCE this summer. Our lows were commonly in the high 50’s and majority of our highs have been around 67-70. The hours we’ve spent under cloud cover this year is greatly above average.

    This is the second summer in a row we’ve been in a funk. What’s a gardener to do?

    People talk about gardening during hard economic times, but what about hard climatic times?

  4. jennifer says:

    Do you guys ever have a bad growing season?

    I live in Seattle. This summer our main weather station at the Seattle-Tacoma (Seatac) Airport has reached 85 degrees only ONCE this summer. Our lows were commonly in the high 50’s and majority of our highs have been around 67-70. The hours we’ve spent under cloud cover this year is greatly above average.

    This is the second summer in a row we’ve been in a funk. What’s a gardener to do?

    People talk about gardening during hard economic times, but what about hard climatic times?

  5. Ginger says:

    It’s coolish here with lots of thunder storms–oodly humid for our part of the country.

  6. Mindy says:

    Maybe you should go ahead and make three calendars. Some folks might buy all 3 for different rooms of the house, or take one to work. :).

  7. Nebraska Dave says:

    Nebraska has recorded the hottest July on record with the most days over 100 ever. August has entered with September weather. Temperatures are 80s during the day and 60s at night. Appsolutely glorious weather is being enjoyed by all. The green peppers that have been dormant for over a month have started producing again. The tomatoes are starting to get extreme leaf curl and drying up. There are many green tomatoes on the vines yet so perhaps a few more delightful tomatoes can be nursed off the vine before season’s end. I’m going to try a few fall garden experiments that most likely won’t produce any harvest but it will give me some experience in the area of fall gardening. I won’t be long and gardening will have to move inside for this area.

    I hope your weather breaks soon as the hot humid weather will wear a body down if it lasts too long. Have a great California garden day.

  8. Cena says:

    I love your calendars. My husband built a cottage in the yard when we needed more room for children. He made it look like a gardening shed with a metal roof, and planters around it. When my kids finish growing up and moving out, it’ll be my garden shed. I will then “wall paper” the inside walls with all the calendar photo’s. So, choose well, I can’t wait for 2012.

  9. Dr. John Dwyer says:

    Here, too. Any suggestions about what to do with tomato plants getting mildewed? They look great otherwise.

  10. Laura says:

    Anais or Jordanne,

    Something is wonky with the Peddlers Wagon store.

    I tried to go to the links you listed and got this message:

    You are not authorized to view this page
    The Web server you are attempting to reach has a list of IP addresses that are not allowed to access the Web site, and the IP address of your browsing computer is on this list.

    Please try the following:

    * Contact the Web site administrator if you believe you should be able to view this directory or page.

    HTTP Error 403.6 – Forbidden: IP address of the client has been rejected.
    Internet Information Services (IIS)

    Technical Information (for support personnel)

    * Go to Microsoft Product Support Services and perform a title search for the words HTTP and 403.
    * Open IIS Help, which is accessible in IIS Manager (inetmgr), and search for topics titled About Security, Limiting Access by IP Address, IP Address Access Restrictions, and About Custom Error Messages.

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