Thursday, July 21, 2011

Can You Hear Me Sizzling?

Oh my word it is hot.

Hot, Hot, Hot.

100F on my car thermometer.

We here in the Frozen Northeast Ohio don’t really know what to do with this kind of hot. We are really more used to this……

But even though it is so hot that still does not mean that we can neglect the garden. That we can huddle in the comfort of the air conditioned house and look outside at the sunshine and thank the good Lord for Willis Haviland Carrier who invented air conditioning. Thank you Mr. Carrier. I love you from the bottom of my pleasantly cool little heart.

No, because of The Infestation LookLeap or I must go out to the garden every day to do an inspection. I was out there this morning at 7a, when it was already almost 80F, looking under leaves and lamenting the damage that had been done. But thankfully I found none of these…….

This pictures still gives me the willies and makes me want to run away.

Yesterday I found only one munching away.

IMG_0102AAnd he has taken that eternal soapy swim. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

IMG_0116IMG_0117The lettuce is preparing to bolt, at least the green is anyways. We will do a final harvest pretty soon and then replant for the late summer early fall. This stuff has been fabulous.

The Brussels Sprouts are doing well. MUCH better than last year when I don’t think we actually got anything. We have four plants in and that should be plenty.


The cucumbers have blossoms. They are a bit slow this year because of all the rain and cooler temps but I still have high hopes. Pickles are calling. Can you hear them?


I have absolutely no idea what we were thinking when we put in 12 basil plants. They are really happy and producing A LOT of basil. I use some fresh and dry the rest. We will definitely be set for the winter. Notice the white dust. The evil Japanese Beetles have descended and they like basil. And we do not like them so we are dusting. Take that!


Early morning garden runs should always be accompanied by coffee. So what if it is blistering hot and I would have been better served with ice water.


Who needs to spread garden dust when I can just SCARE the bugs away.

And last but not least…..


I ate a green bean. The first plantings are almost ready to start harvesting, just a couple more days. But I just couldn’t resist. Raw green beans are like garden crack for me.

And I won’t get arrested by partaking.

What could be better.

Well, temperatures that don’t melt me on the spot would be better but I will take what I can get.

P.S. All pictures were taken with the trusty ipod touch. The best gadget a girl could have.

Except for an ipad.

But I don’t have one of those……



  1. OMG, I love fresh, raw green beans from the garden! There is just something about they way they squeak!

    And I'll take some of that basil off your hands - mine isn't that big yet and I'm ready to start making pesto.

  2. Your garden's looking amazing! I wish I had that much basil planted. I hate Japanese Beetles even more than the rats with hooves. We don't have them in CA, but they were awful in NJ.

  3. Remember 1988--never got below ninety the whole month of July--and a few days were 100+. Thank goodness this happens here only about every 23 years.


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