You all may recall from my blog post of July 25 the great luck I was having with my first attempt to grow corn. A big beautiful stalk had grown high in the sky and was starting to form wonderful ears of corn. Then I went out of town for a week -- to Lake Tahoe for a family reunion that included a visit to the Tahoe City Farmers Market (click on the link for to see some of the spectacular heirloom tomatoes found there). Jeff was watering the garden in my absence and when I told him about my trip to the lovely farmers market in Tahoe City, he said that I might want to pick up some corn as the community garden's resident marauding squirrel had had his way with mine. This, my friends, is the destruction left by said marauding squirrel to my lovely corn. To quote one of my neighbor gardener's: Does anyone have a falcon I can borrow?
On the flip side, there is some good news. We've finally had a few days of hot weather hit Southern California (don't check your calendars, yes, it is August 26) and on my visit to the garden yesterday I saw that most lovely of sights: a baby Hokkaido watermelon (pictured left). It's interesting that the Hokkaido watermelon is the one finally bearing fruit because, of the half dozen different melon plants currently in the garden, it was one of the slower starters as a seedling.
I also saw -- and I didn't photograph them for fear of scaring them or jinxing the whole process -- a few baby green tomatoes on the tomato plant that volunteered last month. If it does actually bear fruit, it will be the only one to do well this whole summer. And, yes, again I have to say that it is August 26. It's just over a week before Labor Day and our summer is just beginning. Keep your fingers crossed!