Amazing what a little rain will do. A month ago this pasture was brown, dead, and with top soil blowing away. We had a little over 8 inches of rain in September. Everything is so green; we also sowed winter rye near the house in the rain. Praise God, it rained again and again after we threw it out!
We have tomatoes! I have two out of five tomato plants left and this one is growing tomatoes. I understand if temperatures go over 92 degrees, the blooms will not mature. Our temperatures have been in the nineties some but not much over 95. The other tomato plant never produced a tomato but have found at least one. I was so disgusted with the other plants that I pulled them up. . .kept thinking how much water was used to keep them alive without tomatoes.
If there is one thing that has flourished in my garden, it is gourds. I planted some seeds on a whim and the plants went wild. This is just the first harvest. A gourd is ready when the stem turns brown. I am using cement blocks to stack some wooden pallets for shelving on which to dry the gourds. I understand it takes up to a year for the gourd to dry. When completely dry, I'll drill a hole, get the seeds out, and probably drill a hole at the top to run some leather cord through for a bird house. There is even a chart somewhere that tells the hole size for which bird species.
Here are two gourd plants and couldn't get the entire spread in one photo. Next year, I am going to plant gourds along the fence line. You actually see green in the background! We no longer look like we are on the edge of Death Valley. That's my white shadow, Luc, on the left; Maggie is investigating something.