The heat wave has kind of sort of broke and we lived thru it. Total critter loss, well, it isn't pretty but it stayed to just chickens and rabbits. I'm not totally wiped out but it's close.
The farm is being teased right now with pop up storms that have cooled it off some but no rain yet. I can smell the rain that fell less than a mile from here and it's an even bigger tease.
The onions and garlic have been pulled, they just didn't make it thru the heat wave. no amount of watering in the raised beds helped. Most of the garlic didn't make more than a round bulb with only about a dozen actually making a clove. I would consider the garlic a total loss. Onions did alright, most were smaller than I'd like them to be but none rotted and are drying nicely.
My persistence and watering efforts have paid off in the ground gardens with a pair of eggplants for tomorrows supper. Palm sized and perfect!
The first coming ripe tomatoes are showing the toll of the heat with blossom end rot on them and a couple showing the stress of intermittent water supply. Even with watering them on a regular basis, the heat was sucking it away too quickly and starving the plants of the moisture they need for perfect fruits. Hopefully the cooler days coming will allow me some good fruits for the dinner table.
Yes, all of 2013 and part of 2012 are missing from the blog. You can thank Mike H for that. Almost all of those posts were about our great friendship and our partnership in farming. You all know how that turned out!