What can I say about the heat here in Northern California. I am just fine with anything up to like 90, 91, 92 even 93. But when it is high 90s and into 104 for several days in a row. I am wilting.
But farming doesn't stop because I am having a hard time dragging myself out to do watering, weeding, evening planting, picking. The days just start a few hours earlier, then I stop about being out in the direct sun around 1pm. We picked cucumbers today and I was amazed at how many cases we filled. They just love the heat and there are many, many blossoms still coming. Gaspacho is on the menu for tonight!
On Sunday I was in the middle of making the last of the apricots into jam when I got a call from a friend, Sarah. She wanted to buy some beans, apricots, potatoes and a few other things because she and a girlfriend were planning on canning some items to enter into the fair this year. I invited them all out so we could can together, which is much more fun than being by yourself. After a few hours, we had jars all lined up on the table, 3 canners cooking and a sink full of bits and pieces of too ripe cut up vegetables and fruit that was going to the chickens that didn't make it into canning jars. What a rewarding hot afternoon, we didn't even notice it had gotten over 100 degrees we were so busy.
All my life, I have hated cautus and succulents. Who knows why, I just thought they were so boring, nobody ever wants to smell them and they were always rough and un-interesting. Well never say NEVER!!! I started liking them last year as they were creeping into my world of Pinterest and gardening magazines. The way they were being displayed got my brain thinking I might be able to have one or two-maybe. I suppose what really changed my mind is that the succulents started being grown in containers that I like, such as galvanized buckets; or wheelbarrows; or antique pottery. (Pictures from Pinterest)
Then one day I was shopping in a local, antique shop and in my favorite booth, the vendor had about 6-8 of the cutest BLOOMING succulents in antique ironstone pottery items. I bought 4 of them and they are still on my kitchen table. I am now dreaming of taking two of my old galvanized big farm buckets, filling them with the necessary succulent soil and creating my own ice plant/succulent garden.
A person can never be too old to try something new.