Summer, for the Southwest Gardener, starts in May. All month we've been pulling out the winter crops, and putting in the summer ones. At our last market of the season, on May 13, we took pink grapefruit, Meyers lemons, carrots, spring onions and beets, and we will continue to harvest the root crops for several more weeks, but now it has turned decidedly warm, and summer is right around the corner. The zucchini seeds are up and roaring. The eggplant have yet to come up, but they take longer. The melon patch is going to take over Manhattan.
In the meantime, the tomatoes, tomatillos and early melons are all starting to fruit. My main project this week was to stake those melon vines and tomatoes. We will need MUCH more string for the late melon patch.