We are entering into what is typically the hottest time of year. Night time temps aren’t there yet, but the day time temps are brutal. There is a big difference between 100 and 110. Big difference.
The end of June/first part of July is always the worst. That’s when we hit the big ones. That’s when we lost a hen last year. That’s when we tend to approach the 120 mark if not surpass it.
We are well into the “Why do we live here?” season. We’ve been at or near 110 for the last couple of weeks.
Mid-July through August is when we normally have monsoons. Humidity goes up, but the temps come down. By down I mean they go from 115-120 down to 100-110, but sticky.
Dry heat is like a convection oven, moist heat is like a sauna. Why do we live here? 🙂
Well, for one thing, I can garden all year round. And the garden doesn’t mind the heat too much. Lots of mulch. Lots of water. Shade if you can get it. Mainly lots of water. Every morning. Fill up the ollas, water well along the edge of the bed. Deep water on the places with no ollas. Lots… lots… lots of water.
The squash and zucchini are my favorite right now. I’ve been eating them with breakfast. Yummy! I harvested two of each yesterday. I’ll get another 2-3 tomorrow. Some plants are just coming on board. Some aren’t quite there yet. We have lots of squash in our future.
The pollinators are really working hard in the morning. The beds are wild with activity.
Green beans are starting to come in.
We didn’t end up getting any measurable amount of green beans last year, so this year we planted some different varieties and we’re hoping to find the ones that works best for us. They are coming in nicely. The ones in the beds have responded well to the amendments. The raised beds are turning into little jungles. Hopefully I can keep a handle on the grass. Ugh…
Cucumbers are making a jungle of their own. I’m not seeing any decent sized cukes yet, but kind of like the melons they tend to sneak up on me, even with the trellises this year. Which reminds me, I still have two more to install.
Tomato production has slowed, but is still coming in. Same with the peppers. When the plants are working so hard to survive the heat they can’t put as much into the fruit. They are worth keeping though. Especially the peppers since the fall harvest is really the big one.
Melons, of course, are one of my favorite things to grow and EAT. The first one this year will definitely be the OTT, but the watermelon are vining out like maniacs trying to catch up.
And the transition to AWESOME corn is going well. Here are the prep and first growth pictures.
I just realized you can see a little bit of the BIO CHAR! that was part of this soil. Hopefully that helps out a bit with the water issue. Corn loves the water.
That’s about it. I took the weed eater to the grass around the beds this weekend and got it cleaned up. I left it to try and smother new growth, but I should probably get some straw to further discourage it. It’s going to be tough cleaning things up when the vines are running the place.
I didn’t get any pictures but the butternut squash vines are some of the most hardy and aggressive I’ve ever seen. Those things could take over the world! Which reminds me, regular potatoes were a total bust, so I need to get the sweet potatoes going.
I hope you all are enjoying the summer. There is nothing like the warm sun on your back. Be safe. God bless!
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********Update: I forgot I had taken these over the weekend. I thought I would throw them in. They are dragon tongue green bean flowers.