We have 2 lovely eggplant, a zucchini, 5 green chiles, and a handful of serrano chiles. The zucchini was one of those "Surprise!" zucchinis that anyone who grows them gets at least once a year. You search and search on a daily basis to see what's growing. One day you move a leaf and surprise! You find one that you have overlooked for days. You end up with something the size of a baseball bat (or Thor). I think this one is destined for my famous zucchini casserole. The eggplant may end up as ratatouille. I have been keeping a running total of everything that has been harvested. I'll post the results at the end of the season.
The other bit of news is that I have completed the Oso de la Mesa Diversion Channel. Everything HAS to have a Spanish name around here. You see, having the mesa right in back of the house is both a blessing and a curse. It's wonderful to look at and enjoy the wildlife that live there, but there is a down side. About 4 times in the past 10 years there have been monsoon rains of such intensity that water actually flows down a little gully cut into the mesa. It's that gully that I use as my trail on my nightly walkies with Mesa the dog. The last time the gully flowed, it flowed with such intensity that it carried several cubic yards of sand up against my back wall. Some of that even made its way over the wall and into my yard. This is NOT a good thing! A good storm can cause downcutting of 3-5 FEET in the gully. To divert the water away from my wall, I constructed a small channel which should carry water away from my yard and towards a concrete channel which leads to the street. I had dug a similar channel a couple of years ago, but it has since filled in with drifting sand as well as some storm flow. I'm also in the process of digging out some of that newly-deposited sand and making a dike to keep flows away from my yard. I'm not sure about the legality of any of this because it's technically a national monument, but I really don't care since I'm protecting my home. A neighbor who had a different issue about something going on in the monument was given the typical bureaucratic runaround when he tried to go through proper channels. I will use the old adage of, "It's better to ask for forgiveness than permission." dexter_fox may have issues with my "engineering," but hopefully it will be functional.
Here's the view from my back wall up to the top of the mesa. You can kind of make out the natural channels coming down from the top.
Here is the Oso de la Mesa Diversion Channel. While I still have motivation I may deepen and widen the channel a little bit every day so that even if it fills with drifting sand, it will still retain a channel enough to divert the water to the street.