July 12-13: Extreme heat back; still waiting on rain

Here we go, another streak of temps in the 90s. I know, I know, it was only a week ago that I said I loved how the heat was making the garden grow great guns. Of, course that was when I thought we’d have more than a couple days of 80s — and maybe some rain — before we got started cooking again.


I picked raspberries again this morning and was hoping to get even a third of what I found just three days ago when I got 10 cups. Unfortunately, the cup – or pail as it were – did not runneth over. Despite weaving my way through the thorny branches, looking high and low, the best I could come up with was 2 cups. What’s worse is that it doesn’t look like there will many more to the summer crop either. And if we don’t get some substantial rain soon, I might not have a fall crop either. Please Mother Nature, send some rain our way soon!

The heat is taking its toll on the lettuce, too. Not in production, it’s growing just great. But the crunchy leaves of the red romaine have turned bitter, or at least the leaves I cut today were. I don’t remember that happening last summer at all, and I’m blaming it on the extreme heat and lack of rain.

Some of the onion tops are browning a bit, and that could be attributed to the same conditions. I hope it won’t affect the size of the onions, but that remains to be seen. I did pull a couple today and their aroma filled the kitchen. Chopped up a few of the greens for a salad – yum!

The beans don’t seem to be fazed yet by the extreme weather. In fact, I was happily surprised to find beans several inches long growing beneath the leaves today. Looks like they are making a successful comeback despite an early season bout with varmint-itis. I can’t wait until there’s enough for an entire meal.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Libby Keane on July 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    You have a wonderful blog here. I’ve nominated you for the kreativ blogger award. http://smallspacebigharvest.com/2012/07/16/bad-form/

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    • Thanks! Love to read about fellow Wisconsinites.

      • Posted by Libby Keane on July 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm

        Actually, I’m in NH. it’s the gardening we share! Close enough! LOL! I’m always interested in somebody else’s garden. No matter where it is. Keep up the good work.

      • Well, that explains why I was a bit confused to read the New Hampshire reference on your “about this blog” page! Should have known better. Oh well, I’m still glad you like it – I like your blog, too!

  3. I too am wishing for rain (a good soaking) and cooler temperature. Glad your beans are making a successful comeback.

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