it is bloody hot in california !  my first summer crop is growing like mad and i love it.  faced with 20 different varieties of tomatoes at the nursery i opted to devote an entire 20 ft. raised bed to just tomatoes.  beautiful heirloom varieties with names like juliette, japanese stripe, and hillbilly (!).  i planted them all.  the other 20 ft raised bed is full of herbs, lemon cucumbers, melons, nasturtiums, italian peppers, lettuce and last years asparagus.  with the drought here i had to let the lawn completely go.  still, i love being down there and letting the chickens roam around after it cools off.  flowers with scent are heavy with it right now.  a kind of jasmine around the fence teases me every time i go to check on my hops. xo

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