When we start to get the triple digits, I like to get to work early, swim and nap during the mid day, and then work in the garden after skeeto time. It’s not hard to get up early – at 5 am, the sun peeks over my neighbor’s roof and into my bedroom window, just this teeny tiny ray. Zap!
By the time I get a cup of coffee and shoes on the right feet, the garden is lit up like a party started without me. They all look so happy.
We love our blue jays, but you know how they get – one morning we went out to find they’d stripped our little cherry tree overnight! Not one left! So we wised up right away and went about hanging shiny stuff in the apple and peach trees, a trick we’ve always heard about. It seemed to work last year. We got a bumper crop of apples this year, and nice peaches. We went to the trouble of making the molasses gunk and hanging the old soda bottles, that seemed to work to keep the fruit flies off, so it’s worth trying some other “home remedies.”
Running back and forth between the garden and the house, checking the hoses and timers, playing ball with the dogs, going back in the kitchen to make a smoothie, watering the strawberry pots, running back in the house to get the laundry, check the orchard sprinklers – by 7am, my husband and I are in the Intex pool with another cup of coffee.
By 9 am we have to abandon the yard. Today we went in with some nice yellow cherries for salad. My husband bbq’d a bunch of boneless chicken last night, so we got easy dinner tonight.
Summer hasn’t started, but I’m getting a groove on it.