I had last Friday off, as the first compressed workweek pay period of the summer schedule, and it was glorious. I mean, I didn't do anything much--slept a little later, did some errands, lay around--but it was so nice and summery. I love having every other Friday off in the summer.
Though, it's so hot in our house during the summer, and that makes the whole season a little less enjoyable. We dealt with it for one summer but this year it's barely June and we are already both reaching our breaking point, so we are researching swamp coolers and hopefully when Torsten gets his first client we will be able to spend the money to install one. Apparently they are much cheaper than air conditioning (can be purchased and installed for well under $1000), and much more energy-efficient as well. So, we'll see. But that is my big dream for this year. And please please please let Torsten make a sale soon, lest we swelter to death in our sleep.
Also, the other thing about our house in summer is that our rosebushes are blooming. We have two of them, in our front yard, and they have lovely dark pink roses, but I am not a gardener and certainly not a rose gardener, and neither is Torsten, so we have never done anything to them. No pruning, fertilizing, nothing. And as a result, last year the bushes bloomed for about two days and then all the flowers died and the bushes went back to being ugly. And I can only assume that we are on track for a similar situation this year. And I don't know how to prevent it.
Gardening people, is there a way to prevent this? That doesn't involve tons of hard labor? Because while I'd like the roses to last longer than two days, I'm not so invested in their success that I am willing to prick myself with thorns and deal with Japanese beetles (though, I don't think we have those in Denver, thank god) and so forth to make it happen. I'm looking for quick and easy solutions, here.
Oh, and speaking of gardening, we were thinking of planting some vegetables. Specifically, maybe some summer squash, and also maybe one of those upside down hanging tomato plants? I really don't know. We are not the gardening types and I hear squash grows like a weed, so it sounded like a good starter plant for us. But, is it TOO much like a weed, as in, will it take over the whole yard? And is it too late to plant a garden for this year? And if we do plant a garden and it's not too late, what else should we plant that is relatively simple? What about herbs? If we plant basil will it survive or will the birds/squirrels/whatever eat it all?
Garden-type people, I need your help!
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