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Valerie Jo
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Date: 7/6/12 9:35 AM

I won't give up because I'm getting squash and everything else is growing. It's too hot for even squash bugs! The weeds aren't crazy because it hasn't rained, but I am about to go into a coma because of this heat and watering every night. I'm exhausted.

How is everyone else dealing with this heat and their gardens?

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Date: 7/6/12 9:52 AM

My garden is not well... I continue to water the tomatoes morning & night time as they have flowers & a few tiny tomatoes but nothing else is coming up .... so much for fresh carrots, beets, spinach or beans. I am not sure about the garlic it is hard to know about that since we have never grown it before. ...Ground is hard as a rock & splitting . .... Farmer's are having a very bad time... wait til corn prices go through the roof! YIKES! .....

I hope you get some good results from your garden. My friend has been using the sprinkler for her squash & pumpkin but they are not doing well.

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Date: 7/6/12 10:27 AM

DH has pulled the sprinkler out and watered a couple of times. Some things seem ok (potatoes, green beans) others not so much. The tomatoes are just sitting, it's too hot to set fruit, the corn is trying to grow. I wish I knew why water from a hose doesn't make for happy plants like rain. The weeds are happy with water in any form. Since we are on a well with no chemicals added, the only thing I can think of is hose water is too cold. Or when watering with buckets, it's too much all at once, where rain can last for hours to add up to the same amount.

begin whining.......
I think this may be the last year for the garden in it's current form (16ft x 40ft?). Between getting home anywhere between 6-7 pm and the Canada thistle, and now bindweed, and the need to get back on track with the exercise, I'm losing. And then it seems that when the tomatoes, corn and beans do come in, it's in the middle of the week and needs to be dealt with.
.......end of whining

I'm thinking container gardens for tomatoes and visits to farmers markets for things we don't eat much of, and roadside stands for corn. The wild card is okra - I've never seen it in farmers markets here and the stuff in grocery stores usually is rather sad looking. Maybe someday if I ever retire, I'll return to a big garden. Or not.

Can asparagus be transplanted, or is it best to start new?



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Date: 7/6/12 12:11 PM

Mine died in the heat, like everyone else except the big growers.

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Date: 7/6/12 1:38 PM

It will be 82 here today and that is wonderful weather. As for gardening, my tomato plant is doing well. I still need to give it a dose of fertilizer today. I planted an Oregon Spring (I think) plant 3 weeks ago and it had a tiny tomato on it. Now that same tomato is still green, but it is fist sized.

So, I am gardening in the heat and the plants love it. It will be 75-85 for several days more here and we love this weather. Last year we only had a few days of it, and this year is more typical of a week of sun, a few days of rain and then sun for weeks. Ah, summer in the pacific northwest.

Last year summer arrived after Labor Day. Very late. This is why we are so enjoying summer this year.

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Date: 7/6/12 4:54 PM

I think asparagus is very picky to transplant. You have to wait until its dormant because it would go into shock if you cut a root. I don't know what your winter months are like. Has anyone tried this?

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Date: 7/6/12 6:09 PM


Yeppers its hot.. too hot to be booted up on the computer in fact..

I do feel for you Valerie.. I lost so much last year due to the heat.. not just in my veggie garden either. but smaller trees and flowers. I decided this year.. until the heat wave breaks not to replant or to try a vegetable garden again THE deciding factor was the fact we are on water restrictions.. so no sprinklers and a fine for too much water usage.. Add up the cost of the water and all else.. and it just became an expense not worth the results.

As soil needs to be replenished.. and rest now and then.. just throw some bags of manure on it.. and let it sit out the season.. Add the leaves in the fall and hope for a better year next year..

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Date: 7/6/12 10:28 PM

I'm not enjoying this garden season much. I'm just trying to relieve drought stress for plants. Soon, I will deep watering my trees. The lawn is burned to a crisp already. My potted flowers look lovely as does my potted tomato. I planted some kale among my flowers so that I will water them. Soaker hoses are the way to go in extreme drought.
We had record breaking temperatures here today.
I've been saving my water when I wash salad and vegetables. I collect it in a pan and then deliver to the most thirsty.
Praying for rain...
Helen

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Date: 7/7/12 2:21 AM

I have been watering the herbs, vegetables & the front flower bed but apparently not enough. And when I was away for a weekend, I guess the soil dried up too much - the transplanted plants survived but I got almost no seedlings. Thinking I'll have to start over. Maybe I can get some leaf lettuce to grow.
Been saving the rinse water from when I wash clothes, watering the trees with it. This is something to consider, if there is a small/recently transplanted street tree in front of your house. Street trees have a hard life.

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Date: 7/7/12 8:05 AM

I decided a couple of years ago to support my local farm stands. But, I cannot give up on tomatoes. I bought one of those containers that holds water for self watering to see if that does anything. I have 2 green tomatoes and a handful of cherry tomatoes. Sorry to say that this is going to be my $40 (each) tomatoes year
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