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We are moving right along from mid 80’s last week to mid 90’s this week, with not much chance of rain.

Great weather for boating on the lakes and that means folks come to the lake, spend money with us, and everyone benefits! Yay! It’s Summertime!

Well, the warm weather crops are loving this weather as well. Potato harvest at The Artichoke

The squash and cucumber plants are huge and starting to produce.

I harvested about 65 onions and dried and stored them, leaving about another 50 in the ground.

I got 5 pounds of potatoes from the boat garden and still have four plants in the regular garden. AND, we had BLT’s with our first home grown tomatoes this week!

Yep, it’s Summertime all right!

Some of our favorite vegetables are warm weather crops and you may think it is too late to get your veggie garden in, but it isn’t. (I’m just planting peppers this week and there will be an empty onion bed needing new plants).

According to OKLAHOMA GARDENER magazine, many of the heat loving vegetables will thrive when planted in June.

Okra, bell and hot peppers, squashes, melons, cucumbers and tomatoes can still be planted.

You will be surprised how quickly they grow when planted in warm soil and good sunshine, versus cool soil and short days in the spring.

So the official first day of summer is when the summer solstice occurs, which is June 20, 2017, beginning at 11:24 p.m.

The summer solstice is when the sun is at the northernmost point from the equator and is the day with the most hours of sunlight.

In northeast Oklahoma, dawn will break at 4:16 a.m., sunrise will be at 6:07, sunset will be at 8:44 p.m. and dark descends at 10:34. Total day length: 14 hours and 37 minutes. WOW! That’s a good reason to have a party, huh?

We have a good selection of goodies at the Saturday Market. Veggies, eggs, grass fed beef, baked goods, hummus and tabouli, crafts…Come and shop with us Saturday 9:00 to 1:00.

Enjoy the Earth! Diana