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My husband planted storebought echinacea seeds in a big plastic pot a few years ago, and boy howdy, are they every happy.

My husband planted storebought echinacea seeds in a big plastic pot a few years ago, and boy howdy, are they ever happy. This year we set a drip line in the pot instead of just trying to remember to put a hose on it, whenever.

 

Summer finally made it, what a lazy girl.  Of course, I hate to bring this up, but you realize, the days are actually going to start getting shorter now. We’ll just have to cram in as much fun, as fast as we can. And damn the torpedoes, we’re using water this year.

These girls work all day, but they make me feel lazy.

These girls work all day, they make me feel lazy.

The blue sage finally flowered, Hummer was getting pretty peevish waiting for it. That is a shade of blue I don't see anywhere else in my garden.

The blue sage finally flowered, Hummer was getting pretty peevish waiting for it. That is a shade of blue I don’t see anywhere else in my garden.

 

The corn and various squashes and melons my husband planted earlier this year are also lush and happy, as long as they get plenty of water.  “Plenty of water” is relative – most of these plants don’t need alot, they just need it regularly. In past we’ve just tried to get to them when they start to wilt – they stay alive, but they don’t look so good!   It was no small engineering feat, but my hubby man finally got them all on drip. It is worth the trouble, everything is growing like crazy.

In past we've tried to grow gourds, but haven't given them enough water. After my husband hooked them up to the drip lines, they started to get fat and shiny instead of withering and falling off the vine.

In past we’ve tried to grow gourds, but haven’t given them enough water. After my husband hooked them up to the drip lines, they started to get fat and shiny instead of withering and falling off the vine.

We also hooked our loofah vine up to the drip - in past we've just enjoyed the flowers, but if you give them some water, they put out these nifty little squash-like  fruit. These get big, and you dry them, the flesh all dries out and leaves the type of loofah you can buy in the bath section at  the store.

Here’s our first loofah squash of the year.

 

This year we decided to enjoy life a little, and we hooked plants we would normally consider “whimsy” up to our water lines. These include pumpkins, gourds, and loofah squash. We’ve always had these as volunteers, and we enjoyed the exotic and colorful flowers, but we never gave them enough water to produce fruit.  After my husband went to Germany and saw pumpkins used as real food by his relatives, we decided, they’re not just for fun. Meanwhile, my older son has been having a lot of luck with his gourds, and he’s been drying them and making fun stuff like bird houses. And, if you water a loofah plant, you will get the same sponges you buy in the bath section of the grocery store – you just dry the squash fruit out and strip off the old flesh and seeds.

We expect a big water bill in Summer anyway, so we decided to let her rip, try to get something out of it. We don’t usually grow corn, it take so much water. But we figured, don’t half-ass it, go for it. Get something for your trouble.

The corn got so high this year I couldn't get it in the picture. My husband really went all out on the flowers this year.

The corn got so high this year I couldn’t get it in the picture. My husband really went all out on the flowers this year, you can just see the tomato plants behind those sunflowers and cucumbers. 

 

Of course, I wonder how I’ll feel when I get my next water bill. And, I know, the water rate increase that’s  before the CPUC right now will be retroactive to January 2014.  Oh well, today is my day, it’s the Summer of Juanita, and I’m going to enjoy it. 

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