Monday, July 2, 2012

Drought and Oppressive Heat

But no terribly destructive fires or storms...
We are suffering working outdoors in this weather, right along with the vegetable plants.  In the South, where I'm from, people don't try to garden much in the summer because of extreme heat like we are having here in Michigan!

We irrigate every few days, but still are having trouble keeping some crops cooled enough to survive.  The tomatoes, peppers, melons and eggplant are loving it, but most crops do not like it quite this hot.  We have transplants to put into the ground, but they will not transplant well with it this hot.  We are working earlier in the day and later in the evening, trying to do what can be done in the cooler hours of the days.

Sweet corn and potatoes are our crops that are not irrigated, and we hope the few rains have been enough to help us get some production.  Winter squashes are irrigated, but are still drying up.  We should still have enough for CSA, but maybe not for winter storage.

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