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The corn was tall…

by SmithorJones on August 3, 2010

in Garden, JonesGirl, Latest, Life

But the sunflowers were even taller.

We made a quick trip back to my hometown the end of July. (Can anyone believe it’s already August for Pete’s sake???) My son and his family had their convention that weekend, and there was a bunch of garden to tend, and dogs to sit – so Smitty and I packed up the little car and headed south to ride herd on the dogs and keep the garden watered for a few days.

California had such a late spring this year, that the gardens seem to be just now getting to their peak. The drive down from the foothills through the San Joaquin and Salinas Valleys was full of similar sights – produce growing, and cherries and strawberry stands still going strong.

My son’s garden seemed enormous to me – compared to the two pots of tomatoes I’m trying to nurture in my back yard. tomatoHis tomatoes have only recently set fruit and are mostly still green…except for a few here and there that are finally ripening on the vine. Yummy too!

There were a lot of squash plants going, beans, peas, peppers, pumpkins, artichoke plants, eggplant(!), and probably a few others I’m forgetting. It was all to be watered by hand – next year, he’s going to drip irrigation…and considering expanding his horizons and perhaps selling at a local farmer’s market. Hopefully there will just be a valve to turn on to water next year – and no hoses to drag carefully past the enormous squash plants. I sure enjoyed hanging out in the garden in the morning – and dining on fresh squash in the evenings.


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