The farmers are hot, sweaty, and tired. A local weatherman confirmed this today, saying we haven’t had a day under 80ºF since July 8.
To my memory, most days have been over 85ºF with really high humidity. And the rain- so much rain! It’s great to not have to use irrigation but we’ve had way too much rain. Good news for the city reservoirs. Bad news for our plants.
We lost the crookneck squash and many zucchini, all the basil, a bunch of rosemaries, and the sweet peppers are struggling.
Fortunately, everybody else seems to be hanging in there. We’ve got lots of beans, patty pan squash, kale, callaloo, hot peppers, and gorgeous eggplants!
The only damage in the herb garden is from downpours that bent and broke plants, including my calendulas which are hardly budding and putting out flowers. On the plus side, we’ve harvested more mint this year than ever before. They are fat and happy.
More rain is in the forecast for the next several days. We’re trying to take it in stride but are a bit worried about losing more crops which means losing income. If you see Hawkeye, give him a thumbs-up and any positive words you can. He could use it.