Wednesday, August 3, 2022

We Got Rain

Today, we are going to talk about everyone's favorite topic, the weather.
It's been so different everywhere but here in New Jersey, 
we have our own story.
We had a very impactful heat wave in July, temperatures near 100 degrees,
 and we have gotten very little rain.
Lawns are brown and leaves are falling from dry trees, it looks a little like fall.

Monday, it finally rained.
The temperatures have been a little bit better but it has been very humid.
Watching the weather on Tuesday, another heatwave is on the way. 

You can't talk about rain and not talk about what a blessing it is to the environment & to our gardens.
We water everything, every day, but it is nice to have nourishment from above.

I have a bazillion tomatoes of several varieties, all still green for the most part.
This is a beefsteak, perfect for those BLT"s and tomato sandwiches.

I have picked several cucumbers and a handful of tomatoes.
This salad with poppyseed dressing is delicious with them.

My yellow squash has been a bit of a bust.
The plant only produced a few squash and the outer skin
was tough and bumpy.

And that was not because I let them go too long, 
I'm not sure why this happened.

We pulled the lettuce out, it was suppose to be iceberg and it was nothing like that.
It did not grow in a ball, was not crunchy and we did not like the flavor.

- i like gardening, it's the place i find myself, when i need to lose myself -


R's Rue said...


Changes in the wind said...

That salad looks wonderful have to remember that.

Conniecrafter said...

You don't realize how much you miss a good rain until it isn't there anymore. We of course got a little too much too quick flooding our garage but we were pretty dry here so the rain was needed, just not quite that much so fast. I wonder what that ended up being instead of the iceberg. We had a kind we got one year that I thought was going to be Romaine but it didn't quite taste like it, but was ok.

BeachGypsy said...

Down here WE FRY THose wonderful green " maters" !!! LOL our squash didn't do well either--- what little we got did taste good tho!--- I fried it with a skillet of ( you guessed it!) --- green "maters". Lol nobody's squash did well this year!!!??? Must've been the seeds maybe? Because I've heard it from several different states. glad yall GOT RAIN!!--- I LOVE photographing rain but my pictures don't always turn out good . Did y'all grow peppers?-- I think you said you did. Ours are finally ready.

BeachGypsy said...

PS-- have you hand pollinated the squash with a little brush?

Lowcarb team member said...

We need rain in the UK, many areas will have hose-pipe bans from Friday.

All the best Jan

Marie Smith said...

Glorious rain! We need it here these days but we’ve had some except for the last two weeks.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Timely rains are priceless. I personally would rather have it on the wet side than being too dry.

LeAnn said...

I liked the quote at the end. My husband loves to garden and, regrettably, hasn't done much this year. It has been a very hot July. In fact, the hottest on record for our area. It has been raining off and on over the last couple of weeks. More in the South than here in the North.
The tomato looks like it will be a good one. Your Tomato plants look great. I'm sad about your lettuce and squash. It is unusual to have one that size be a problem.
We are in a drought and cutting back on watering, so our lawn looks a little sad. I hope we will get the blessing of more rain.
Blessings and hugs!