First priority as always when it is this hot and dry (no rain for many days) is watering. Despite all of the pots, it doesn't take all that long and gives me a good chance to see how things are doing. There is the back yard and deck, all of the driveway plants, and the big vegetable garden to give good soakings to.
Watering lets me know what sort of things need to be done. Today it was a walk through to pluck off any suspicious looking foliage on the tomatoes, peppers and eggplant (not very much, surprisingly!). Then the eggplant and peppers needed to be tied - I did all of the tomatoes previously in the week. I potted up a Sungold into a 5 gallon pot for a neighbor.
Then I took my hand held recorder and took some time to observe progress on the two pepper projects and the eggplant. Finally, it was time to do some weeding in the big garden....it is clear that each weeding, each time the soil gets moved about, leads to additional seeds finding a good environment in which to germinate. There is a sense of deja vu as I pull weeds that I've pulled several times in the same area! My area of focus today was the rear of the garden, where the chard and remaining beets reside (formerly, the lettuce and greens), and the areas between the squash and cukes.
The heat became a bit too much, so I didn't nearly get through the weeding. My goal there is to get the rear two rows ready for an additional planting of bush beans. I am also pondering using those rows for a planting of garlic this fall. Another seeding of Brussels Sprouts will be done for a late summer set out and hopefully, maturity of a nice crop in the late fall.
Now, showered and pleasantly exhausted, it is back to that book on CD....A Passage to India!