Let the whining commence: It’s SO hot outside. It’s just disgusting. I went out at 7:30 this morning to extend the drip irrigation to the transplanted fig tree. After half an hour I couldn’t stand myself. High of 96, 42% humidity, feels like 101. At least the gardenias love it.
I feel torn about the garden this time of year. The perennial beds need mulching again, as any shredded leaves I put down earlier in the spring have thinned out. But even early in the morning, I can only move three wheelbarrows’ worth of shredded bark before fatigue sets in. Heat exhaustion is real and comes on quickly.
This time of year I start looking for small garden projects I can do indoors–things that can be accomplished in the laundry room or elsewhere in the house where a little dirt can easily be cleaned up. Do you have projects you tend to when the weather becomes too much?
Yes, mulching as well. We’ve had so much rain here though, lots of flooding. Not only wreaking havoc on neighborhoods but all my plants as well
I’m so sorry to hear about the flooding. Too much water is perhaps worse than too little. Hang in there. How’s the zucchini doing? Or was it yellow squash?
Well it’s coming along. Is it suppose to bloom flowers?
Yes. It will have two different kinds of flowers, male and female. The females have a bulbous structure at the base, which will become the fruit. The males do not have this structure, and generally there are many more male flowers than females. You may need to hand-pollinate the flowers, which is quite easy to do. I have instructions at this post: http://wp.me/p1t5Ra-14O.
Thank you so much for the info
Nothing’s worse than a mulch pile that never seems to dwindle….. the only thing I can think of as worse is not having any mulch at all! I ran out and I’m paying the weeding price.
When it gets hot I give up and trust the drip irrigation to take care of things. In the evenings I’ll venture out, but the gnats and mosquitos are there to join me, and I just don’t enjoy their company.
Water gardening? I wouldn’t mind a nice big pond/pool with a few lilies and fish 😉