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Our current growing season in Sandy UT looks like being shortened from both ends. We had snow falls into May and now the nights are indicating that the Cool is on its way.

The last several days have been decidedly cooler, and the summer heat has been tempered. A real lack of bees at blossom and flowering time has had a severe effect on garden produce.

Garden beds have begged for ever increasing amounts of water. After all, we are high altitude desert. Rain is measured in drops per acre.

Squash and zucchini are still without product, and look like missing the boat entirely. To fill the salsa gap, tomatoes are abundant in numbers, size and quality, but peppers of all colors are rather poor and minuscule. Onions, garlic and most herbs appear to have had a year off.

Our front porch has received several cantaloupes with inviting scent and a taste to back it up.

I have noticed in Sandy that people who are lax locking their cars during the week are more vigilant on Sundays especially at Church when there can be an attack of the mystery squash and zucchini fairies, who have tended in past years to deposit produce in unprotected vehicles. In bumper years, front porches have been secondary targets. (Note to fairies: We have enough tomatoes, thank you very much).

ROI for Sandy home gardens, this year, may be very low, but the exercise of gardening has, nevertheless, been quite satisfying (ie we haven't forgotten how).


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Bill Blankenship
Lisa Von Domek & Associates, LLC / Real Living Real Estate Group - Midlothian, TX

Good morning Larry,

Fun blog, thanks for sharing!

Sep 03, 2011 02:39 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If southwest Florida could give you some of the rain we received so far this year, the fairies in Sandy would have a broader inventory to share. Enjoy your day!

Sep 03, 2011 02:46 AM #2
Kim Boekholder Utah Real Estate
Results Real Estate 801.580.5624 - Draper, UT
Broker, Results Real Estate

Hi Larry,

Very very true! We finally have tomatoes this year. Last year I was very sad at the low levels of tomatoes produced.  But as you stated above other items have fallen short this year.  All the rain storms coming thru continually flooded out my poor seeds, time to redo the dirt in some of my garden beds.  This year the neighbors are all asking where the extra produce is hiding..... I keep telling them they'll have to wait. 


I hope you have a fantastic labor day weekend!!  Great blog, I love your writing and humor! 

take care,


Sep 03, 2011 02:49 AM #3
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Each year is different. I am in Delaware. Our crabapple tree has produced more this year than the other seven years combined. It blossomed so pretty in the spring. Glad you have lots of tomatoes and are receiving delicious canteloupe.  

Sep 03, 2011 03:50 AM #4
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

It's hard to imagine zuchini not growing...I remember my very first farm garden when I mistakenly planted the entire package of seeds....

Sep 03, 2011 05:20 AM #5
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Lisa - I'm enjoying the challenge. Hope you are too.

Wayne - a bit more of a spread would be handy at times.

Kim - looks like you don't need tomatoes either. Even the ones in post are managing to pull the pots over. Weekend is going great. Full of activity. My garage looks like wheelchair city as I try to keep power up on vehicles I have to use this weekend.

JoAnn - there is probably a recipe of crabapples and tomatoes. Need some tomatoes??

Cara - that would have been a sight. Zuchinni forts go well with kids especially with prickly cucumbers as grenades. I used to prefer the over ripe ones for the appropriate squelch.

Sep 03, 2011 07:28 AM #6
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Larry--farming and gardening have the same thing in common.  You have to love what you do otherwise it is too frustrating to deal with fickle Mother Nature.  I finally convinced my hubby to give up his garden.  Each year a different calamity prevailed and we got more produce from the farmer's market than the garden.

Just my two cents worth.

Sep 03, 2011 08:59 AM #7
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

Larry-I want to live in a place where vegetable faeries share home-grown produce!  Am so glad you 'found' me today; because now I have 'found' you! Thank you for subscribing, I am now on your list too.

Sep 05, 2011 02:27 PM #8
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