Between going on vacation and the temperature being above the mid 90’s last week, the arugula and spinach had had enough. Also from the looks in the above photo the garlic is going to come out within a day or two. I spent a good three hours turning turning most of the remaining arugula into next years’ supply of pesto.
I decided to try some watermelon along with the standard okra planting this year. Watermelon does very well with the hea,t but the fruit has a long maturity, about 85 days, so I am not sure if planting it this late will be good or bad. Hopefully the summer will be hot and nasty all the way through September like last year. Then I should get some nice sweet big melons. Time will tell.
This will be the last year I plant okra from plants since I had to hunt through five different garden stores before finding enough suitable transplants. I do not know why people plant okra before it gets hot since the plant is the perfect addition to a summer garden. It thrives on low water and high heat, almost as well as a cactus. From now on I plan to sprout them from seed starting in late April to have good plants ready for early June in the garden.
Oh and here is a quick look at some tomatoes starting to ripen.