Today was one of the hottest, most miserable humid days of the summer. So what do I do? Put on my garden clothes (old seersucker pull-on pants, tank top, thin blue denim LONG- sleeved shirt, cold wet bandana hanky around neck, my mosquito hood, and my old shoes and head for the Pumpkin Patch in this dastardly heat about 2 p.m. Yes, I am slightly crazy…you are correct. I had to put some marker stakes by the plant roots so that a neighbor can do some watering for me while I am away for a few days…so it had to be done today. While I had "the outfit" on, I decided to pull some nasty weeds that have been growing next to the tomato cages . More bending, sweating uncontrollably, more courting of a heat stroke.
The Pumpkin Patch is glorious! All my careful cultivating of these exotic plants; all the laying of black garden cloth to prevent weeds; all my faithful watering of the plant roots….the vines are de-VINE!!! There are big yellow blooms and little green pumpkins. I also put in 2 hills of northern variety cantaloupe and those vines are going crazy in the intense heat of the summer. They are loaded with blossoms and bees. I have spotted many little green melons growing also. It is almost worth it to get heat prostration see the beautiful vine-yarden on the far north side of my biggest garden bed. I actually felt dizzy and faint when I came inside and it was a bit scary because I never feel that way ever. I have to chalk it up to the extreme heat and humidity, working a little too hard in that blast furnace heat and not having enough water in my system.
Today when I came inside I took a long cooling shower and drank a lot of water as I felt dehydrated after a morning of drinking coffee with my best friend at a new coffee shop in Detroit Lakes….get this name for the business: "Brewed Awakening". It is a delightful shop with big black and white classic tiles on the floor and delicious coffee flavors, nice baked goods, a lunch menu and other good things to go with the coffee. It is about 3 doors south of the old Gopher Grill on Washington Avenue. How did I get so "off" the subject? Oh yes—dehydrated—-coffee does that and so do Doritos. When I stopped at the Wally-World store on my way home, I had a Doritos attack and bought a 2- for- 2 dollar deal and ate a whole bag of Doritos on the way home. I was pretty dried out by the time I hit the Pumpkin Patch.
My pumpkins are of the exotic variety. I planted 2 hills of Lumina (white) 2 hills of "Once In A Blue Moon" (greenish-blue skin) and 2 hills of "Jack Be Little" (mini orange pumpkins). I am anticipating a bumper crop and can line the entire driveway with my strange pumpkins come fall.
But I need to lie down and get over my near-heatstroke and hope that tomorrow I will be sensible and not go out in the sun again like I did today. Some people (me) are just slow learners in the heat of the summertime. I know there is some famous adage about "mad dogs and Englishmen" going out in the hot sun and getting their brains fried. That was me today.