Wednesday, June 21, 2006

First Day of Summer: The Research, Work and Play Continues

(USDA Photo)

Good morning, Growers!

Yes, the summer of 2006 begins today. The weather's really been very cooperative so far this season. If you'll recall, the last couple of Junes were very gloomy, so it's a welcome change. If anything, the challenge this season is keeping the pumpkins well-watered.

This Saturday and Sunday is The 10th Annual International Gourd Art Festival in Fallbrook, CA. The website address is: for directions, hours, and other details. The festival takes place under a sun-dappled grove of oak trees. There are many workshops, hula and Polynesian dance performances, and even open-air wine tastings. You'll be amazed at what people create from gourds!