Here are ten suggestions on what to do when the squash days come to an end and it’s too hot to garden.
10. Harvest tomatoes. I picked another dozen tomatoes this evening but left the cherry tomatoes to pick tomorrow. I was strolling through the garden without a basket or trug to put anything in, so I carried the tomatoes in my stretched out t-shirt. Has anyone else done that?
9. Pick the last of the squash. Every day, I think there can be no more squash, and there is more squash. Tonight I picked four more ‘Cue Ball’ squash, and I swear there were none out there last night. It is like magic. Poof, they appear overnight. They weren’t kidding around when they said these were prolific producers.
8. Wander through the garden and jot down notes on what might be blooming for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, on the 15th of the month.
You all remember how Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day works, don’t you? You post on your own blog what is blooming in your garden on the 15th of the month, then come here to May Dreams Garden and leave a comment on my bloom day post so everyone can find you. All are welcome. If you are new to garden blogging or haven’t joined in before, don’t be shy, show us your blooms!
7. Find the perfect salsa recipe to use up all the tomatoes and peppers you are now picking. Or if you don’t grow tomatoes, go to the local farmers’ market and buy some good tomatoes. Anyone have a good, sure-fire, can’t miss, fairly hot salsa recipe they would like to recommend? I like my salsa to be sneaky… starts off tasting mild and almost sweet, then explodes with heat in your mouth. How do you like yours?
6. Read a garden mystery book for the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club August-September meeting and then to be the first to post your review. I won’t post the virtual meeting post until September 30th, but it’s okay to be early! Just let me know when you’ve posted your review.
5. Plan a lunch with a friend who has gone on a vacation where she visited lots of gardens so she can show you all her pictures. My friend went to England and sent me this picture she took at Hampton Court.
4. Write up notes now about what you want to do different in the garden next year. (I will plant less squash, I will plant less squash.) Put the notes where you can find them early next spring or better yet, post them on your blog so we can all read them, and maybe get some new ideas and learn from your mistakes.
3. Go back and read your posts from last winter to remind yourself how cold it can get, if it gets cold where you live. If you weren’t blogging last winter, or you live where it doesn’t get particularly cold, you are welcome to read my posts from last winter.
2. Go out in the blogosphere and find some new garden blogs, through comments, Google searches, Garden Voices, or someone else’s link list like Annie’s or Kathy’s or Stuart’s gardening blog directory. Then leave a nice comment to introduce yourself.
1. Think of ten other things gardeners and garden bloggers can do when it is too hot to do anything outside and post a list on your blog.
That’s my list, what’s on your list?