I woke up at 1 am this morning to take care of my Baby Boy who needed his mommy and then I couldn’t go back to sleep! I figured it was a good time to do a little update for the blog. I just hope it makes sense seeing as to how I’ve only had a few hours of sleep!
Every August, our garden looks bad and produces little. This August, it looks a little worse than normal. We have been having some extremely high temperatures this summer. The news reported 30+ days of 100+ degree temps. (That report was about 2 weeks ago. That number would be higher now.) According to my observations (sure wish I had written it down), we have had 100+ degrees temps for most days since June 3. Add very little rain to that and you can imagine how bad the garden looks right now.
Some days we’ve had temperatures of 111 degrees (and that’s not the heat index)! Despite watering by hand two times a day, the garden is having trouble standing up to the high temps. (Funny story…today, I looked at the thermometer and said, “Oh, it’s only 104 degrees today.” My son responded, “It’s a cool one today.” And it did seem cooler. I guess we are getting used to the higher temperatures.)
We’re now thinking it’s time to pull out most of the garden and wait until it cools a bit. Then we’ll plant some fall crops.
It’s not all bad. We’re getting plenty of cayenne peppers and the okra will probably produce soon. And there are a few baby watermelons on the vines. Also, we need to dig peanuts so there may be some hidden goodness that we can’t even see yet!
The City Chicks
The City Chicks are doing well. There are no eggs yet but it should be soon. We calculated that they will be 20 weeks (egg laying age) around Labor Day. How funny would that be for them to labor to lay eggs on Labor Day!
I’ve not given a tour of the coop yet because we aren’t quite finished with it. David got the nesting boxes built. We still need to add details and paint. We were thinking about a light yellow but I’m leaning more towards a soft green now. I’m also thinking on a name for the city chick’s cottage. When we’re done, I’ll give you an official tour!
The City Chicks come running when they see me walk out with something in my hands. The kids say that the chicks know I’m the lady with the yummy treats! The City Chicks love cantaloupe, tomatoes, and any greens we give them.
Hopefully soon, we’ll be showing our first egg!
I hope you have a blessed day! ~ Adriane