Monday, April 20, 2009

It's Too Hot!

We are experiencing a heat wave. Or, if my husband was writing this post he would say we are enjoying a heatwave. But the peas and I really don't like it this hot. 93F in the shade of the oak tree next to the vegetable garden at the moment and getting hotter. At least we don't have too much humidity, it's about 20% right now.

I need to figure out some way to shade the peas through the worst part of the day. You can see what yesterday's heat did to them and today is hotter. On the other hand, the beans and newly planted zucchini are loving this weather.

I bet you're all thinking what a weather wimp I am. Yes, I am, totally. But that's why I live here, in spite of the ridiculous real estate prices (still). We're supposed to have nice weather here. I'm really tempted to head for the beach...


  1. I'm writing at mid-day, but I know you aren't there to read this. You're outside holding a parasol over the peas.

  2. I feel your pain. We've had '90's in NC in April before -- too hot too early!

  3. Sheila, this heat wave is down your way too! Whew, maybe it's an age thing, but I just can't tolerate the heat like I used to be able to.

    Daffodil, I was just outside giving them all a spritz of cold water, it sort of helps.

    Sweet Bay, Not only too hot too early, just plain too hot! This is unusual heat for us even for summer. And we don't have air conditioning since this kind of heat is so rare. It's 80F in this part of the house at the moment. :(

  4. 93F??? Whoa! That's really HOT! Even we (I always that the place live in is the most hottest!) never had such high temps.

  5. Michelle,
    I was worried today about our garden with this hot hot heat. When I got home from the office (with AC), I found the garden was just fine. In fact, the tomatoes may have grown an inch today. Hang in there, and if you get too hot, go to the beach...
    SG in So Cal.

  6. I guess giving them some shade is a good gesture .... but somehow plants will make some adjustments and come out stronger.... ~ cheers . Bangchik

  7. SG, The peas and I are hanging in there. A little wilted, but getting by. I have to admit tht the warm evenings are a rare treat.

    Hi Bangchik, I think this is your first comment here! Thanks. So long as the peas only get cripsy on top I think it may actually be a bit beneficial. I was thinking of pinching the tips out anyway to make the plants produce more shoots and now the weather has gone and done that for me.

  8. I have a terrible time with peas this time of year. Much better for me to start them in the hottest part of summer (June/July). Once they've germinated, the plants grow well during the cool, foggy months of August and September.

  9. Chuck, this is the first time I've tried a spring planting of peas. Normally I start them in the fall to overwinter and harvest in the early spring. This planting seems to have recovered from the heat and is just starting to bloom, so perhaps I'm still hoping to get a crop.


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