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Too hot, too soon

Jun 01, 2010

Alas, it just dawned on me that I may not have a summer crop of tomatoes or many other vegetables.  Tomatoes rarely set fruit above 90 f and we've been over 90 for almost 2 weeks, up to 99 f Sunday.  The weather service predicts 100 f in the next few days.  This has been a strange year for weather, from one of our coldest winters to such early high temperatures.  We had a 24 hour snowfall, 12 1/2" that tied a 111 year old record (I know that my northern friends will chuckle, since that is a normal winter happening for them.  I attended Wyoming University at Laramie so I know what snow is.) that did millions of dollars in damages to our southern trees, especially the beautiful live oaks that were covered with leaves. 

I remember the summer of 1981 when we had  70 days over 100 up to 113 f.  We still had a few truck farms along the Trinity River bottoms then and the crops only wilted even though they were irrigated daily.  People mounted sprinklers on their roofs, because air conditioners were running constantly and still couldn't cool the houses.  horses and cattle starved for lack of fodder, hay had to be freighted in if it could be found in other states.  Many small  lakes dried completely and water had to be hauled in to many small cities.

I love where I live and have plans to finish my time, I hope it's a long time because overall life is enjoyable and interesting, right here.  At least we are starting with full lakes this season.

Please forgive my rant that began in my mind when I cut a hot house tomato after having one grown in my kitchen garden.

Life remains good even when we have a few setbacks. 

Stay natural.



Same here in SC Dave, The cool weather veggetables are fading fast, weeks sooner than usual. But thanks to ample rain the Snap Peas, beets, and chard are holding on. It's wierd to see my corn, beans and tomatoes so big so early. Don't give up on summer yet. If it's hot we'll plant more sweet potatoes, crowder peas and okra.
Ciao from Umbria Italy and one long, cold, wet spring. All the basil has had to be replanted, the melanzanie (eggplant) look like they need life support, only the lettuces are thriving. Strange year everywhere. Judith
I noticed this blog was last June. Well. it's June again, and so far my covered back porch has seen 6 days over 100 F. with no measurable rain in over 3 weeks. The prognosticators say there is no break in the near future. My garden is cooking on the vines. But this year I got ahead of the heat by starting plants from seed, inside, and planting some plants in early March hoping for the best. I also planted some new varieties ( documented in earlier posts in Tomatoes Tomatoes and Small Kitchen Gardens). So far I've harvested about a bushel of beautiful tomatoes along with other vegetables. There are still many green tomatoes, ripening rapidly. I'll put a shade cover on them today to prevent more sunscald, since most of the leaves have burned and don't produce shade. Being small, irrigation is not a problem. New seeds will be started soon, some tomorrow for the fall harvest. They say there's more than one way to skin a cat, although I can't imagine anyone skinning a cat, so maybe extra early planting will be my ticket if this weather becomes our climate. Stay natural, David

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