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So here we are in the dog days of summer…I am so ready for fall right now, although I love eating all the summer vegetables.

But oh my gosh, it is so sultry it takes all the fun out of playing in the dirt!

Not to mention having to spend two hours a day watering just to try to keep the plants alive.

It is so hard to see them droopy in the hot afternoons, but they perk back up by the next day. Then you water them again to prepare for another hot one…and so it goes.

Well, hot or not, the chores need to be done.

I was watering at the restaurant Monday and needed to plant a nice size basil plant I got for $4.00.

Finished basil project at The Artichoke

By the way, have you noticed the basil is one of the few things that doesn’t get droopy in the heat?

Anyway, the spot I wanted to plant it, around the trough in the center of the garden, was full of Bermuda grass because I haven’t been staying up with the weeding.

I had my handy medium size shovel, so I got after it, digging deep and turning the soil to loosen up the roots.

It was a bigger job than I had planned for that day and there was no relief from the heat.

But once I got started I couldn’t stop. I was dripping sweat so bad it was burning my eyes.

The good thing is it forced me inside to wipe my face off.

I had a nice big pitcher of iced water waiting, so I would come in about every 4 to 5 minutes, cool off, slug down a glass of water, then go back out.

Two hours later…that’s right, I didn’t just clear a spot for the basil, I cleaned up that whole area around the trough.

It about killed me, but it looks so much better!

As we have discussed, watering is so important right now. You all know how I am a freak about it.

Well…I have a confession to make. I have a great big boulder that is covered in mossy stuff. And yes, you guessed it, I water my rock.

But wait!!

It makes a beautiful transformation from brown to green within minutes after watering. So even rocks need water, well, the moss on them!

OK, the Saturday Market will be open and we appreciate you shopping with us.

We have been almost sold out by noon, and there aren’t many customers after noon either, so with the heat and all, our hours will be 9:00 to noon.

Come and shop! Stay cool and…

Enjoy the Earth! Diana