Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it. ~Author Unknown

Armenian cucumber

Armenian cucumber

It’s often challenging  for those of us living in hot climates to get truly excited about summer in the garden.

It’s often a time of triage and heartbreak.

Production slows down and almost stops, while pest and pathogen problems ramp up and seem never-ending.

This is the time when a lot of vegetable gardeners in hot climates pull up anything that doesn’t show a will to live or meet them halfway.

It’s when we dream of  and start planning (and even planting) the fall and winter gardens.

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