Garden Update – Drought Edition

I haven’t done a garden update for awhile because it’s been too sad.

The really high temperatures and no rain has done a number on some of the plants.

Just look at this corn.
Corn
Sad isn’t it.

Now look at the corn just a few feet down the row. Same amount of water.
Corn2The difference? Shade. We have a large maple tree that shades part of the garden for awhile every day.

It was just enough time to save some of the corn.

I saw some neighbors who put up tarps to shade some of their garden – it’s not a bad idea.

BeansSame thing with the green beans. Half the rows look like this. The other half look better. There are a few little beans on the plants, but most of the blossoms are just dropping.

But it’s not all bad news.

The peppers are doing okay.

PeppersThey don’t seem to mind the heat. As long we keep them watered, they keep on producing. We’ve even enjoyed our first poppers of the season!

With the frequent watering, the guys have managed to keep the melons, squash, and pumpkins alive, too.

Then there’s the tomatoes. We’ve seen a lot of dry rot on my all-time favorites the Rutgers and Amish Paste.  But the hero of the garden this year is the Jersey Giant.

Tomatos

These tomatoes are amazing! The plants look green, the tomatoes are huge with very little spoilage – even in the heat. These are definitely a good drought tomato!

All in all – we’re counting our blessings.

Some produce is coming in. We’ve had enough water to keep things alive – even if we had to manually apply it!

And at least we don’t have to do any weeding!

3 thoughts on “Garden Update – Drought Edition

  1. It’s just terrible what all this heat does to all our plants. I have even lost some grasses which usually stand up to anything. I have friends that tarp and it seems to help… good luck and hope you get rain and a few cloudy days!

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  2. We were really struggling at the beginning of July too. Fortunately we’ve started getting some rain – a few times a week for the last three weeks. Since my garden is so tiny I was able to run the sprinkler on the worst days and save most of it. I don’t know what’s wrong with my cucumbers though – lots of blossoms and no cukes _I even tried my hand at fertilizing them myself. My beans are SLOW growing too. I think I might have some green beans by September at this rate.

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