Should we just scratch gardening during HOT July and August?
Saturday, 04 Aug 12 Storms 36°C / 96°F
I went out to my garden today, after missing watering it for just 1 day. It looked all burned up. Stuff was wilted everywhere. The beautiful big Zucchini Squash plants mostly looked like they have been done in by borers. Saw just a few Cherry Tomatoes here and there and several Oriental Melons. And several of what looked like Cherry Tomatoes were on a Giant Tree Tomato plant. I guess when they are really stressed, they make very small Tomatoes.
I felt basically sick about it. I wondered if I ought just plan to do my gardening in the Spring and in the Fall and basically forget about it in the months of July and August. Perhaps also in much of September. Or is it just this particular hot dry summer? I’ve gardened before, but I never had Folia. So I never had any significant notes on what’s happening, much less info on other gardener’s progress and results.
I thought about erecting some sort of shade cloth shelter to cool it down a few degrees in the heat of the summer. Nah! To perhaps just grow things indoors in the summer. But I have a total of two metal shelves and 5 shop lights. How much could I really grow in that limited setup?
Yes, I currently have some seeds planted indoors under those shop lights. Some of them like the Cucumber plants, and the single bush bean, I probably could plant outside right now. But I really hate to; fearing rabbits, hot dry weather perhaps making the cucumbers bitter from the first. I don’t know, but they just seem “safer” for now, till things cool down some, inside under the lights.
A few hours after I watered, it stormed, and we got probably an inch of rain. I suppose that will perk things up, except perhaps the Zucchini. On the rain issue, I think I understand a little better a video I watched recently by Len Pense on his Gardening Revolution. He recommends watering frequently regardless of the local natural rain. Of course, he uses only a really terrific plant mix so soft that you can reach your hands in to harvest new Potatoes with your bare hands. No dirt allowed in his gardens! So that would let water run thru and not hold all that much at a time. But I think I see somewhat his point about frequent watering being necessary.
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