I’m very surprised that most of my lettuce has not bolted in the long garden beds. It seems the beds that I used soaker hoses and direct sowed seed have done very well despite of the heat. I have squash plants that are climbing taller than my grape vines that are in the 4 foot tall range. My Kale bolted in the heat but I used an overhead sprinkler to water that bed. I’m a firm believer that soaker hoses are much better than overhead sprinklers if you can’t afford a drip irrigation system.
Most of my transplant failures were my fault not hardening off plants but the excessive heat sure did not help make the garden bloom. It’s okay I’m learning from my mistakes even though this garden season has been more of a challenge. I live in an area that has lots of farms and farmer’s markets so buying produce to store is not a huge problem. I’ll just have to buy what my garden did not produce.
I had a big front yard clean up day! It was mostly trimming and weed wacking but I cleaned out some bad vines that were overtaking the bed in font of my big living room window. The vine is actually pretty with lovely purple flowers, deep green leaves and small green berries, and that plant will wrap and overrun every other plant in that bed. I pulled out by hand most of the vines and then I used the Ryobi weed wacker with the plastic beater bars to knock down the vines as close the ground as I could get the tool.
I washed down the front side of the house using a power washer attachment to my garden hose. Not a (real) power wash but it got rid of most of the dust and grime on the vinyl siding without forcing water under the siding or putting dents in any parts of the siding.
I got some more real milk and figured out a better way to skim off the cream rather than trying to finagle a spoon through a half gallon jar top. I’m liking having real milk straight from the Moo. I’m adding some pork from a local butcher that is (RED) meat pork and not the white tasteless stuff you tend to find in most stores. Is it more expensive? YES! It also tastes like pork. I liked the flavor of the bacon as it was more salty rather than sweet.
I can’t tell people what to do. I have built up a small stash of okay quality meats buying from grocery stores and vacuumed sealed it to preserve the quality. Now I can afford to pay more for better quality meats, and my local stores don’t sell high quality meats. I don’t blame stores as a store’s profits are damn slim and cutting quality or raising prices is about their only two option.
If meat and produce costs are rising you should buy the best quality you can afford. I think it is very important to find a local supplier for the things you want to have on hand. The USA can’t grow the fixings for Chocolate or Coffee so you better stock up. Find a supplier, make your own or go without. I don’t care if someone has to struggle through the day because they could not have an avocado toast. Farmers in California are literally cutting down their own almond orchards because they can’t get enough water to the trees. An Almond orchard takes 8-10 years before it produces a commercial level crop. Do you think that the farmers can not water the trees for months, and then trees will start producing in a couple months when there might/might not be irrigation water.
I get peeved that people things will stat the same. Nothing ever stays the same! J&J vaccine now is reporting that over 100 vaccine folks have got Guillume-Barre syndrome. Basically the immune system attacks the nervous system and you can die with your breathing or heart beat sort of stopped. I have the chronic version of GB called CIDP and I can say you do not want this version though unlike GB it does not shut down you breathing or heart beat.
You are much better of fighting off any Flu with the basic of fluids, bedrest and time.