I've been down in the Piedmont for a couple of days -- for an evening hike at the Garden with a bunch of fabulous Summer Science Research high school students and a vet check-up for Woody (his partially-torn crucial ligament is being monitored -- happily, he's improving again).
Thankfully, we've had enough periodic rain that everything looks good, even though the lakes nearby (Lake Hartwell) and the ponds at the Garden are way down.
Interestingly, there's a mystery squash in the satellite garden.
I'd pretty much given up on squash in the Piedmont because of woodchucks in the back woodlot, but perhaps they've gone elsewhere now. This "mystery" vine (quite healthy) is producing small butternut-shaped squash that have outer markings like young tromboncino squash, and were totally delicious as part of my dinner tonight, along with some young leeks and a red 'Pizza' pepper. Yum.
I'm planning on planting long-season fall vegetables later in the month, continuing through August. It's SO hard to think about sowing seeds and planting when the temperatures are in the upper 90's.
Young basil in flats up in the mountains have already yielded some exceptionally- tasty pesto. I hope they'll have been well-watered in last night's thunderstorms. It's a great way to grow basil. I've been doing this for awhile and it's totally superior to trying to coax edible leaves out of older basil plants in the garden.