For gardeners everywhere, the summer of 2011 has been an interesting one. It seems that record-setting weather is the norm rather than the exception for most of the United States, and many other parts of the world as well. Here in Colorado, June was hot and dry followed by one of the wettest Julys on record. For the most part, the garden is doing fine and enjoying the extra moisture. Here are a few photos of some of the plants:
A pumpkin plant has lots of blooms but the leaves are a little yellow from all the rain.
The bottom leaves of the cherry tomato plant are a little yellow, too, but it has lots of blooms and green tomatoes. Our garden is 100% organic and the only fertilizer we use is homemade compost.
The jalapenos are kind of puny this year. I think chiles prefer hot, dry weather.
The garlic, chives and onions seem completely happy with the extra water!
The currant bushes are loaded with ripe fruit.
The strawberries are blooming and putting out fruit for the second time this season.
While I was snapping photos, a butterfly stopped by for an early morning drink.
How does your garden grow this summer? I’d love to hear how you and your plants are doing.
P.S. While it rains here, across the globe the skies are dry. If you watched NBC Nightly News last night, you saw a heartbreaking report about the famine crisis in Africa due to the region’s worst drought in half a century. More than 11 million people in Somalia and parts of Kenya and Ethiopia need food assistance due to the drought, according to the United Nations. Nearly half of the Somali population, 3.7 million people, desperately need food and water. Even a small donation could save lives, and you can find a list of key organizations providing aid here.