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July 22, 2010

Hot, hot, hot, and more mulch, please!


So now the temperatures are soaring to 106 today and I've got all the drippers and soaker hoses going and some plants are still wilting in the heat. Tonight in the evening, I'll put more mulch on the strawberries and around corn after first feeding them again. All the hot weather vegies are growing fast and keeping them moist is a chore.

The hot weather has made it impossible to plant broccoli out in the garden. I"m getting two flats ready and will keep them indoors until the plants have some roots developed. Then they should transplant into the garden for late fall and winter eating. Broccoli is one of my staple crops. Once the main head is picked, it puts out spouts all winter and again in the spring. This is what is now sold in stores as broccolini ever since the broccoli growers figured out they could market it.

My plan is to do short double rows of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower near the garden gate where I won't have to wade into muck and mud in the winter to harvest a vegie for supper. I have to order seeds and I'm going to try the Fall Broccoli blend.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at July 22, 2010 5:15 AM
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