July and August are good months to sit in the air conditioning and enjoy the fruits of your labors in the garden. Go out early in the morning to pick tomatoes, melons, squash, okra or whatever you have still producing in the heat.
Turn on the drip irrigation if necessary or stand for a minute holding the hose and listening to the early morning critters. Knock off a few stinkbugs on your way back to the house.
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Judy Barrett is the publisher of HomegrownTexas.com, a monthly online magazine, and author of three books on gardening from Texas A&M University Press. A fourth book, “Yes, You Can Grow Roses,” will be released in the fall.