I thought the weekly round up would be my last post of the week, but when I woke up and looked at the news stations, everyone is saying the same thing: Stay inside this weekend! It’s a hot one in NYC the last few days, but Friday-Sunday seems to be very high up there on the “I’m miserable” charts. You know it’s not looking good for the next day when it’s 88 degrees at midnight. Currently right now it feels like 103 degrees, which I know for some people sounds “normal” but keep in perspective NYC is a walkers city. I don’t get to jump from my AC’d house to my AC’d car to the AC’d store. No, instead I walk from my hot house to the destination. It’s pretty brutal and I have to pull up my dress a few times to dab my sweating belly (let’s be real here). The highlight is when a store has AC and someone goes into it as the doors are opening and you just feel a great breeze. Then it closes quickly and you’re back to sobbing quietly. Then there’s the subways underground, but don’t get me started on them, just imagine very hot and very stinky.
I don’t do too well in the heat. I’m usually laying on our cement flooring telling Matthew I’m going to faint so he should come blow a fan on me, give me ice water and feed me a piece of cold fudge. I’m a bit dramatic, but seriously, it’s hot out. If I go outside, I am known to burn pretty quickly. The garden has hardened me up some and I have a wild shoe tan on my feet but if you leave me out too long, I’m going to burn and blister (and cry). When we would go to the Jersey shore every summer my parents would pour sunblock all over me until I was ghostly white. I would always be required to wear a t-shirt at the beach. My young self didn’t think this was very fashionable but I thank them years later. White sunblock all over my face was a big part of my summer youth….check out that 1 piece bikini too, mixing polka dots with stripes!
I haven’t been outside at all today yet and don’t plan on it until the sun is down so we can jump up to the garden quickly to water. The roof is even more brutal, take some real hot sun rays and add on a silver reflective roof and you are left with a sunburn that will make you cry. Yesterday I went to the garden to tear down the sugar snap peas as it was time. The sugar snaps will be back in the fall, but their summertime run is over. I will do a full post to honor their beauty soon enough! The peas took about an hour to take down, and I was equipped with SPF and water, but 1 hour later I felt the burn. I went downstairs and immediately saw the results which would continue to redden for the next few hours, my scalp, forearms, neck and back were bright red and hurt. Aloe was rubbed into my skin as Matthew shook his head as he always does when I get burned (don’t blame me!). But the sugar snap peas were down.. here’s a before and after.
So while I have a Saturday afternoon free, here’s a quick garden update of some pictures I took in the last week. Welcome to the garden!
If every single flower turned into a cucumber I would need a refrigerator dedicated to pickles. Here are 3 baby cucumbers which just started
And here you see them in all sizes, small, medium and large.
And here’s one week later. Let’s just say they are letting their presence be known! Everyday I go around counting them as if I just learned how to count because I’m so excited. There’s currently 19 watermelons I spotted! I’ve been “plunking” them with my fingers to listen to their sound to know when they are ready… one is very close!
We picked this cabbage and ate it for dinner, I love cabbage, don’t you?
Roma tomatoes sometimes start out pear shaped, it always amuses me.
Then they turn into their regular shape.
Big Beef guys.
And a big vine of cherry tomatoes which I’ve been snacking on crazily.
The beginning of July has officially started tomato season for us. It’s that time of the year where a basket always needs to go up to the garden as there is always tomatoes to be picked. Sometimes I look down at my garden shoes and spot little tomatoes in them. Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Everywhere!
Every year this bowl sits on the counter and as the weeks continue it fills up. This bowl eventually turns into 2 bowls, 3 bowls, 4 bowls, and then our entire kitchen island is Tomato City USA. This is how it looked yesterday.
And now it’s going to be even fuller because I just ran up to the garden and picked these tomatoes!
Here’s 2 of our tomato plants.. you can see they are making their way up the 2nd stacked cage!
Here’s our soybeans. Last year I planted a crazy amount of soybeans (50+) so this year I went a little less wild. Edamame – yum!
Lots of orange beauties in there…
Lots and lots and lots of onions. We are going to start another batch soon.
Pumpkin plants. The one to the right is a Jack-O-Lantern which looks great. The one to the right is a Pumpkin Pie plant which looks deadly during the day as it does not deal well with heat. Once the night hits, the plant bounces back but during the day it’s sad to look at.
There are a couple on the Pumpkin Pie plant!
And we officially got our first Jack-O-Lantern of the year! I have been working hard in the early morning to hand pollinate these.
Because of the heat, the containers have been sucking up water. Here is a enthusiastic Matthew watering the corn. Off to the right is the strawberries next to a coffin. I’m going to pretend everything is normal and move along now.
So here is the July 6 garden! Grow babies, grow!
Hope you liked the garden update, thanks for stopping by!
Hope you are staying out of the heat! Eat a ice cream cone!