Drought, Drought, Drought. Aren’t you tired of hearing how we’re doomed to vaporize into the haze? Hey, Bakersfield gardeners, we’re tougher than that. We’re fighters. We’re survivors. We’re not Chicken Littles, crying that the sky is falling. We will make it through this dry spell.
Take it from Mrs. P, let’s have Fun in the Dirt.
Graduations! Weddings! School’s Out! If you’ve been on top of the situation, botanically speaking, and your garden is in A-Number-One, Primo condition, read no further. You’re all set to host celebrations and parties. Or, if you’re in the majority of backyard backsliders, look up! Snap to! Mrs. P is talking to you! Time to get busy weeding, trimming, and cleaning up. Next you’ll be able to plant, plant, plant. Bouquets of flowers from your own yard, fruits, vegetables, and herbs make June and July’s special occasions much more enjoyable and more affordable.
Ketchup ‘n’ Fries from ONE plant…huh?
STRANGE BUT TRUE! This all natural duo is a cherry tomato above ground and over four pounds of potatoes below ground, ALL ON THE SAME PLANT!
My neighbor, Rosemary, and I were having lunch the other day. We got to speculating whether we will have a decent early spring or go Bam! Right into summer. As we talked, we considered that this is the kind of question that divides the garden optimists from the pessimists. Mrs. P has decided to explore this idea. To determine which way you lean, see which of these phrases best describes you. Between us, I’ll bet most gardeners have a little of each in us. All phrases, of course, were scientifically chosen and peer-reviewed. Of course.
Can you name the most famous fruit of the year? Google “Meyer Lemon” and you’ll get over three million returns. Who knew? Why such popularity?
Growing up in California I only knew the difference between a sweet Meyer lemon and an acidic Lisbon or a Eureka lemon. I knew our windows were open almost year round, especially on warm evenings, so we could sleep with the intoxicating fragrance from our backyard Meyers’ magical blossoms. Never having to buy a lemon until I temporarily moved out of state for college, I didn’t realize that stores only sold thick skinned Eurekas. Too sad. But all that changed as Meyer lemons became all of a sudden trendy, showing up in jellies, jams, olive oils, soaps, and lotions.
There’s more to fall than raking leaves and going Trick-or-Treating. There’s Garden Clean-Up! There’s Making a List and Checking it Twice for Ho-Ho-Ho time coming up.