Unfortunately, it looks like the volunteer pumpkin and butternut plants that had sprung up in my garden didn’t make it. I had to pull out all but one today and throw them back in the compost for another try next year. I don’t know whether it was the unrelenting heat or the lack of rain that did them in. They may have also been too crowded. If we have volunteers next year, I’m going to thin out the seedlings better and maybe transplant the strongest plants to their own bed.
We’re heading out for vacation, so I’ll be posting even less than usual — in other words, not at all, since we’ll be Internet-free. We’re spending a couple of days in Las Vegas (my first time) before driving up to Utah. In Vegas we plan to do some good eating. We have a reservation at Thomas Keller’s restaurant Bouchon and a list of other places we should try. Since we’ll only be there two days, we’ll have to be a little choosy, but I hope to have some good restaurant experiences to report on when we get back. The eating may not be quite so good in southern Utah, but I do plan to do a whole lot of nothing while I’m there and rebuild my energy reserves, so I can get back to cooking when I get home.
See you in a couple of weeks!