Hello again, Linda! Yes, a beastly week, indeed! I set my timer every two hours to give my animals a mist session and it's really bearing down this afternoon. And, you are spot on with the 6 a.m. watering schedule... it's almost as if summer in AZ brings us a split day (early mornings/late nights) having a long siesta in between! Even with the heat of the day, it's pretty hard to beat the warm starry nights!
I'm trying melon/squash for the first time this year: watermelon, muskmelon, pumpkin, eggplant and butternut. I haven't seen any fruit set just yet, but the vines are looking good, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some refreshing, sweet fruits. The zucchini and yellow crocked neck are happy and the cucumbers did superb last year, so I'm confident with them. I'm having so much fun gardening, I'm so glad to have jumped in!!
I desperately need some color and flowers, Quietyard, but the cottontail eat everything I put out! If it's not fenced, it's gone... my beautiful first year goji berry got hit hard even with a fence. Sigh, the challenges... Sometimes I think the man versus nature is part of the determination gardeners seem to acquire... I guess I'm going to have to go high and elevate as your do with your container garden! Any suggestion on where to buy large pots at a good price?
Stay cool and hydrated, Linda, cooler weather is only a couple months away!