A hot topic

A hot topicOur Garden, know variously as Grace’s Garden, Garden 2.0 and (formerly) Dotcom Garden faces south and, with a light gray wall of the house acting as a solar reflector, rises quickly to 100 degrees on hot sunny days like this past Sunday.

We harvest this influx of solar energy by raising plants that like the heat – beans, peppers, tomatoes, squash and cucumbers among them. Evolution, and the seed companies, have given us some remarkable little engines that convert sunlight into wonderfully-flavored vegetables. Given water and decent soil, our nine 3-by-3-foot boxes can produce prodigious amounts of fresh vegetables

Thus we spent two hours in the garden yesterday putting in a half-flat of newcomers, hoping to stretch garden productivity into the fall. We ate from the garden daily for over a month before we left for France, and hope to start that habit again soon (heirloom tomatoes are nearing ‘production’ mode). Two hours digging in 100-degree heat left me dripping and wrung out… but felt kind of good…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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5 Responses to A hot topic

  1. Lynne says:

    Chris what are your favorite plants? The tastiest tomatoes, etc? This is my first year and I got a late start, I just potted up (5 gallon cardboard pots) better boy, big boy and early girl in hopes of a late summer harvest. I do want to try the heirlooms next year.
    Any advice for next year would be welcomed.

  2. cg says:


    The hybrids you mention are reliable, but not necessarily the tastiest (try local heirloom varieties – I get my seedlings from the local Farmers Market). I als try to get lots of colors – yellow and orange hybrids, purple and green heirlooms for colorful tomato salads.

  3. Lynne says:

    Will do. Thank you Chris.

  4. Benechka says:

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  5. monIToringe says:

    I would like to exchange links with your site http://www.gulker.com
    Is this possible?

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