How is your garden doing with all of this crazy heat and no rain?

25 Jul

Another day, another 100-degree reading: DFW now at 24th consecutive day and counting OUCH!

Forecasters say this years string of 100-degree days in North Texas is heading to be one of the worst summers EVER. In fact except for 1980 when we had 42 consecutive 100-degree days, looks like this year will come in second.
And to make matters worse Texas A&M  reported:
JUNE
  • The months-long Texas drought is sapping the record books bone dry and is racking up dire statistics that have never been reached since reliable record-keeping was started 116 years ago, according to figures from Texas A&M University researchers.
  • 2011 marked the hottest June ever in Texas with an average of 85.2 degrees, breaking the previous mark of 84.9 set in 1953.
  • June was not only the warmest June in Texas history, it comes in as the fourth warmest month ever, which usually goes to a July or August time period

JULY

  • July 2011 is on track for the second hottest July in the record books
  • North Texas tied the all-time record for highest minimum temperature yesterday (7-25-11), with the low for the day was 85 degrees, tying the all-time record set on Sept. 1, 1939.

“How is your garden doing with all of this crazy heat and no rain?

Mine is not doing so good, it just could not take the 100-degree days and the nights not cooling down, the plants had not time to rest and recover, so today I cleaned out the dead or dying plants.  Now I am looking forward to planting my fall vegetables (my next blog will be on planting your fall vegetable garden).

Check out my before photos and after video.

Tomatoes

Here are some tips to how you can help your garden this summer? 

  • Water 2 times a day
  • Add 3 to 5 inches of mulch, raised beds are particularly vulnerable to drying out in our Texas summer weather.
  • put shade cloth over the more tender plants
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One Response to “How is your garden doing with all of this crazy heat and no rain?”

  1. segulah June 28, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    Hi Fellow Texas Lady Gardener!
    Same here! I live in West Central Texas and I am a first time gardener. Boy, does it keep me hopping! Some of the things you mentioned I have been doing, just because it seemed like the right thing to do. I have been watering twice daily; early morning and then around 2:00 because my vegetables begin fainting and panting. I also mounded some compost mulch around the roots and stems and that is the part I am soaking under during watering. Today even, I erected a shade covering because too many more days of this heat and then veggies wilting and recovering is just not going to turn out well at all. So, I believe they were very thankful for the shade. Now I just have to make sure they are getting enough sunlight throughout each day. Love your blog!!! i signed up. So glad to know I am not suffering alone battling this heat and the dry, clay soil.

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