As summer rolls ever forward the garden has become more of a jungle than a manicured landscape, and that I like! It has been extremely dry here, we had 0.00 inches of rain in July, so in order to keep my jungle garden going I have been watering a lot. However, there are many benefits to the dry, hot weather we have been having. Generally, while I grow summer crops, they do not put out the yield that my fall, winter and spring gardens do because our weather is more conducive to cool weather crops. But in years like this I get bumper crops of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, tomatillos, pumpkins (and other swash varieties) and so many more of those beautiful hot weather yummies.
I did get some new items planted this month though.
7/8 buckwheat, danvers 126 half long (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), honda di parigi (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), genovese basil (Seed Savers Exchange), touchstone gold beet (Wild Garden Seed), dill (saved seed from a friend).
7/15 Empress bush beans (Seed Savers Exchange)
We also planted various rounds of cilantro and holy basil.