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The Amateur Gardener: The King of Zucchini

Off the top of my head, it's hard to find a lot of good things to say about the heatwave. Hot weather in general is always great, but as we all know, nice weather, and weather when you can't fall asleep until 2 a.m. because of the heat are two completely different things. The mornings are nice, but erupting in sweat every time you climb into your vehicle is not. But I did find the one very great thing to takeaway from the heatwave: your garden will grow like crazy. 

Ending your day in the sweltering heat with a trip to the garden to water your plants only to realize how much they've grown in 24 hours puts such a big smile on your face you forget that in two hours time you'll be cursing the heavens for this (seemingly) generational drought. Yes, all is good in the gardening world, though I think I'll wait until my fourth instalment before I start providing gardening tips for all my fellow garden-heads. 

One worry I have, however, is that I'm getting a little too ahead of myself. My expectations were so low after the first two weeks the mere fact that most of my plants are growing and not dying is enough to have me feel like the King of Gardening. Or, at least, the King of Zucchini — I'm still debating which is the more appealing title. I planted more seeds and plants mid-June and even they are starting to show pleasing results. It feels like there's nothing to do. 

But, anytime it feels like things are going too good, I always find a way to throw a wrench, or should I say potato beetle, into my plans. I left town for a week and a half right after the heatwave, ensuring that my gardens, after getting a daily dose of water to survive the 40 degree days, will get much less than the desired amount of moisture for a week's worth of 25 degree days. Vacation waits for no man though, so I left with optimism, and a small prayer, that things would be OK upon my return.

By the way, if anyone reading this finds themselves with nothing better to do than to stop by the Fort St. John Community Gardens and water my two beds, they are the ones in the middle row that look like this:

Garden 1An updated look at one of Dillon's garden beds, as of June 29: zucchini, lettuce, and chard. By Dillon Giancola

And this:

Garden 2An updated look at one of Dillon's garden beds, as of June 29: potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, peas, eggplant, and cucumber. By Dillon Giancola

Yes, while most people ask their closest friends weeks before going away if they can look after their garden or what have you, I wait until midway through to ask readers in a column. Either way, it would be greatly appreciated, and I would have more people to blame if in fact things do take a turn for the worse.

I hope you all enjoyed the fruits of the heatwave as much as I did, and are starting to harvest and eat some of your favourite vegetables.

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