The garden (and the gardener) in the extreme heat

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This morning's meager harvest.
I went ahead and cut the whole top of the Romaine lettuce, I hope it will branch out again, but if not, oh well.

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Got my first banana pepper, one Poblano, one cuke and a few squash fingerlings
There are MANY more squash, I just prefer them to be smaller and less "Seedy"

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Cherry tomatoes are loaded, but not ripening... yet?

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This big 'mater got blowed over in the big storm last week, but doesn't seem to have sustained any trauma, AND I got the Bt so have I think conquered the tomato Hornworm caterpillar problem
( this is a blurry poor quality image from a few days ago)

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Normally a bright green like the leaves and stems it feeds on, this one is brown and did not move when I "teched" it.
But again, those big babies are not blushing yet, and I wonder why?
We didn't QUITE make it to the projected 100° REAL TEMP (not heat index) yesterday, but it was above 95° most of the day, iow chillens, hit were hot!

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I can't figure out these cucumbers. Last year the vines were planted IN THE GROUND (amended and fertilized of course) and I had to chase the vines, putting things up for them to grow on.
↓(Opposite side of the fence looking back at the garden↓)
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They just are NOT "making" like they did last year, the fruit are irregular and not as large, and friends, I AM watering everything

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I got this off the underside of a cucumber leaf. Not to worry, it is a Cicada husk, shed so the underground stage could morph into the reproductive stage

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My butternut squash are looking good, but seem to be suffering from "Blossom End Rot" like the other squash did, and I'm giving them the Calcium Nitrate, still figuring what that is all about.

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Lotsa poblano developing on both ends of the squash bed, moreso on the south end though
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With the big picture in between

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I planted these in this location, with the thought that these would be VINES that ran, hoping that, like the cukes, I could train them up onto the fence.
Not happening.

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I've been experimenting with moving the vines up for more Air and Sunlight (the bed is in FULL SUN from about 10 am-5 pm)

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Over on the side of the house

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The big tomatoes have yet to set fruit, but the "Black Cherry" tomatoes have, just not very prolific.
I made a mistake putting these two big maters over here, at least in the corner against the wall.
I now have more hose connections so I can get more water to this bed


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The timer I installed on the sprinklers I installed on the front bed are a life saver, but I still have to drag a hose out to the three flower plantings near the street
Oh! Did I mention that it is 🔥hot as hell?🔥
And don't get in a hurry neither!

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↑I weed ate my leg↑

"Garden Update in the heat"

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Jerry E Smith
©06/23/2022
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Taken with my S21 ultra cellphone




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Your tomatoes and butternut squash are looking better than mine! 👍 I'm having a hard time with my corn. I don't know what's happening.

I've been posting some videos about Beekeeping, but you just inspired me to work more in my garden.

Thanks for sharing, @jerrytsuseer!

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Glad to have helped you get motivated @acgalarza , for me just knowing how hot it is outside, even though it is cool INSIDE, drains me of energy.

I am/was interested in bee keeping, and considered getting a hive or two in my woods or shady back corner, but a fellow in the UK told me a bunch of stuff, making it sound like a lot more work than I wanted to put into it.

I remember seeing several years ago, where people could create "bee hotels" (I think it was called) in their yards, basically a stack of bamboo tubing that bees or other than honey bee types could come take up residence.
I have a plethora of bumble bees, wood borer bees and sweat bees, all of which are a nuisance
Still, I think a couple of those white square boxes sitting in the back NE corner of my back yard would look nice. Maybe harvest some honey here and there?
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Keeping in mind, there is more than half my 1.6 acres beyond that back fence, rather densely wooded.

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Very nice State, @jerrytsuseer!

Yes, the heat! 😩I try to avoid direct sun as much as possible between 11 am and 16 pm.

Beekeeping is actually quite simple and not that much work. It's a little complex at the beginning, but once you know what you are doing it's very easy and easy going.

Have you seen my latest videos on 3speak? I've been posting about Beekeeping.

With two HIVE and the amount of land you have, I'm sure you could harvest about 80 liters per year. Not bad at all!

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Sorry to say @acgalarza , I've had some dismal experiences with trying to use 3Speak, so I tend to not even look there.
In fact, lately I haven't been to my following feed or anything, just me going through one of my phases.
Send me a link if you like.
Are we friends in the Terminal/Discord? We could DM each other. I like that.
I am jerrytsuseer ジェリーツシーア#3994, and I found you, sent you a friend request Pasajero7 [acgalarza]#6366

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Hi @jerrytsuseer! I accepted your friend request in Discord. We can talk there more.

Here are the links to my Beekeeping series. They are in Spanish, but the text in the post is in English. In the third video (sadly very few have seen it) I began to use subtitles. Let me know what you think.

1st video: https://ecency.com/hive-181335/@acgalarza/sjthuqdi

2nd video: https://ecency.com/hive-181335/@acgalarza/wdbuksuc

3rd and newest video: https://ecency.com/hive-181335/@acgalarza/ginaxzvi

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G'morning @acgalarza I saw you'd accepted, and sent you a good morning wave. It will take me a bit to get around there again, as I am just now getting started and I have things to do in the yard before the heat hits.
I will check in with you soon. Thanks for accepting

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Just getting outside when it's 97F / 36C every day is an accomplishment itself.

Your results so far are impressive. I struggle with my tiny, tiny trial 5 container garden here. But... I did have a "harvest" already, meaning the next door neighbor brought over a ton of cucumbers. I laugh that 50 feet away from my meager, stick figure tomato plant and a couple of other wimpy plants, is a lush, thriving result. But, hey, my lawn looks greener, lol.

Looking good @jerrytsuseer !

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Thank you @nthtv . Man I tell you, last year I was LOADED with cucumbers, which is why I can't understand this year; perhaps I've pampered them too much? ha ha ha

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I just went out, with the idea of going for a walk in my woods (it will be shady back there, right? It would be cooler, right? NOT)
But I noticed how big this mater was getting, and in doing so I also saw yet another caterpillar, so out came the sprayimage

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Tomatoes are doing very well, wow!

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I can't quite figure out why they are taking so DAMNED LONG to ripen ha ha ha

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Maybe it's following the rule of gardening (at least for me):
Nothing ripens before a (pick one)
A) Drought - to fry any chance of harvest
B) Torrential Rains - that either rot the plant, or simply washes it away
C) Bug Infestation - but only right before harvest
D) All of the above

So far here, I have a clear winner: A as the sun is dang near melting metal this year.
:)

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To say you have a green thumb would be an understatement.
Your garden is packed with vibrant healthy foliage and you're going to have more tomatoes than you'll know what to do with this year, no question about it!

Be careful with the heat and sun out there Jerry, the UV has been rather high this year.

Things are looking great, you're an inspiration my friend!

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Thanks Jacob, but for me the problem is more in the ground level Ozone that forms, making days like this a "Code Orange Alert" which is hazardous for people with COPD, Asthma and Emphysema.
If I go out in the middle of the day on days like this and do more than just walk around, I'll be having coughing fits.
This is really dismal for me. But I too shall survive.

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