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Re: Summer already? happenings in the desert garden

Cyndi - that is terrible.  Makes me sad they're going to bulldoze such
a beautiful spot.  I'd rescue any native plants you can get your hands

On 5/25/05, Johnson Cyndi D Civ AFFTC/ITSR <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:
> We always have a short spring here but maybe this time it's shorter than
> usual. Last weekend was in the 90s and it's not cooled off much. I planted a
> number of things trying to time it so that nothing would come due for
> harvest during our vacation but I dunno, the heat may speed up growth in
> some areas. We'll see.
> I have been giving away spinach at work; the row is absolutely exploding
> with growth, way more than I can use, and I might as well give it away.
> Perhaps over the long weekend I'll be able to freeze some of it for use in
> soups this winter. My snow peas are probably about done too, lots of peas
> ready to pick but not many new flowers. We've had a lot of fresh peas over
> the last couple weeks but I don't think there will be enough to put in the
> freezer. I seem to be having more than my usual number of germination
> problems in the veggie garden this year but there will be enough stuff out
> there to keep me busy. Alas, no Heatwave tomatoes, for some reason both the
> transplants I put in failed. They were kinda spindly. Or maybe they were the
> Sunmasters...anyway after those died I put in a different type, a strong
> sturdy little tomato transplant, and it keeled over and died too. Something
> definitely wrong right in that spot.
> The roses are pretty much done with their first flush so more work this
> weekend, deadheading and spreading around some epsom salts. And the eternal
> weeding. Actually deadheading is needed everywhere already.
> Last weekend I went hiking in the foothills near us with my friend, she
> introduced me to the trails up there last fall and we (and our dogs) have
> been having a good walk every weekend since. Very depressing this time. Here
> in this major recreational area with marked trails, used by hundreds of
> people, we found surveyor's stakes. Turns out it is not public property and
> will be bulldozed for tract homes in a few months. I had been hearing about
> the development but assumed it was on the other side of the ridge. My friend
> who's been walking those hills for 15 years is devastated; I don't have the
> same emotional investment but it's still hard to take. Zillions of acres of
> flat land with tumbleweeds on it around here, but they're going to bulldoze
> the area with the biggest biological diversity in our whole valley. Sigh. I
> wish I could remember exactly where we saw some of the native bulbs, might
> as well go dig them up if I could find them.  I could grab some beavertail
> cactus, if I had a place to put it, or maybe the smaller yucca pups.
> At any rate it promises to be a nice weekend coming up, hot maybe but I
> suppose I can always find a shady place to weed.
> Cyndi
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Kemp TX
zone 8A

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