It was hot, it was dry (record from 1980 for number of 100+ degree days was broken this year), and the garden suffered.
One good thing about everything dying is that I felt no remorse about ripping out the spring garden in early September to start over for fall.
Plus, it made for lots of new digging and playing areas for the kids and chickens.
As of September 3rd all but 1 section of the garden was ripped out. The sweet potatoes were limping along and so they were allowed to live on.
Sept 5th planted squash, cucumbers, turnips, carrots, spinach in east garden bed.
On September 8th, I got 1 load of Texas Native mulch from SBS and 1 load of 'Dairy Top Dressing'. These were mixed and then tilled in to the existing soil. Put 2 wheelbarrows on top of east side bed as a top dressing--did not till it in.
The dairy top dressing is aged/composted cow manure and looked like some really nice soil. It did have a strong smell, but that dissipated after a while (sorry neighbors).
Sept 8th planted green beans in North side bed and scattered old pinto bean seeds on South side bed.
Sept 21st, Cucumbers and squash up
September 5th it was 61 degrees. Hooray for the first official break in the summer heat!
Still no rain until October 9th. Yikes.