Spot of Gardening

Gardening in South Louisiana

Lazy Dog Days of Summer

With this sultry humid heat that we have been experiencing,  gardening outside has become quite unbearable for the human gardeners.  To get any bit of gardening done (mainly pulling weeds and watering),  early mornings is the only time to really get out there.   Otherwise, the humidity and the heat will definitely knock you out.  Late evenings would be okay if you don’t mind being eaten alive.   “OFF” doesn’t actually work very well for me.  The mosquitoes around my area seem immune to it or they are very aggressive suckers.   I always end up with at least ten very itching bites each time I venture out to the garden in the evenings.   On the other hand, my “doggy” gardening partner, Lucky,  is enjoying the hot summer days.  Taking a “que”  from him, I have decided to enjoy my garden from a distance, like from my covered patio and sipping a nice and cool iced tea.  LOL.

August 2, 2009 - Posted by | Animals & Pets


  1. That’s the way to go. Sit down and get some relaxation. Lucky is so happy rolling on the lawn. Lucky reminds me of a dog I had when I was little. She is also all white and a stray. I named her Lassie after the TV show. Lassie was a very happy dog too and she was very productive.

    Comment by autumnbelle | August 4, 2009 | Reply

    • Autumnbelle: Lucky does enjoy our lawn, especially since he knows he’s not allowed to step into any of the gardening areas marked off-limits with borders. He’ll go sniffing the flowers growing on the edges but never steps into the flowerbeds or the garden beds. As an American Eskimo dog, he’s easily trainable in regards to my gardening “rules” for dogs. Guess they weren’t circus dogs for nothing. Don’t worry about restrictions, he still loves to chase the birds and squirrels when they come visit and enjoys lazing on the lawn while watching me or the Sushiman toiling away in the gardens.

      Comment by ryublade | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hello! We survived through a very unusual for the Northwest heat wave with a pick of 103 degrees. Now, 80 degrees seem to be very pleasant. Fortunately, there are no mosquitos, almost. For mosquito bites, you might want to try rubbing a piece of an onion’s (or chives, leeks’) green. Turn it inside out and use its juicy side for rubbing. Good luck! It’s a good thing that your doggie is white. My black German Shepherd was miserable during hot days!

    Comment by Tatyana | August 4, 2009 | Reply

    • Tatyana, 80 degrees does seem very pleasant. We’re still in the 90s lately, even with the rain every other day to help cool things down. Thanks for the onion tip. I’ll try it to see how it works.

      Comment by ryublade | August 7, 2009 | Reply

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