Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It's Official

The garden is giving up its ghost.  It's been too stinkin' dry and too bloody hot for too dang long.  The cucumbers are turning yellow.  The tomato leaves are curling.  The green bean plants are being devoured by grasshoppers who think the shade of the cucumber and squash leaves are a safe haven, except they're wrong because the squash and cucumber leaves are being devoured by the squash beetles.  The herbs are drying where they sit.  The watermelon plants are the only things still truly alive, and even that's subject to some debate.

In other words, the war is over.  The heat has won.  The brown flag of botanical surrender is waving.


1 comment:

Mom on the Verge said...

The "brown flag of surrender"! Bwaaa-haa-haaa!

I have given up growing anything here in the deep south. If the bugs don't get it, some wilt/fungus/virus does. And if that doesn't get it, then some moth lays eggs in the tomatoes that hatch and tunnel out, just as the tomatoes get ripe.

Did I mention that thirsty squirrels ate all my cucumbers one year? That was the same year that the raccoon scooped out the contents of all my watermelons.

Then there's the heat. I can't go out and tend the garden in the heat. I refuse.

I could garden in the winter here, but it's too dry.

Blueberries? Check. Herbs? Check. Tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers? No.

Kudos for holding out as long as you did!!