‘Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.’ ~Lindley Karstens
Spring is nature’s way of saying “Let’s Party!” ~ Robin Williams
“If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?” Steve Wright.
I was in the kitchen whizzing up a batch of worm breakfast when I heard the news.
“…and those in Perth are up for a new summer record! 7 days of over 38 degrees. It’s going to be the hottest week since 1965. Stay cool sandgropers!”
That is not cool. Literally.
That kind of heat means there is little I can do for my plants. I have already mulched and mixed water retaining compounds into my soil. I cant just keep the sprinkler on all day either without risking a fine for breaching restrictions. Our water is so scarce, it wouldn’t feel right anyway. The best I can do is water them with the hand held hose each morning, give them a good drenching. In the evening, they can get an extra drink with the water recycled from the kids wading pool.
So now I have a dilemma.
What should get watered? Who can be “let go”?
The melons have fruit ripening, water.
The sweet potato appears indestructable, water.
The pumpkins are really struggling as it is, with no fruit on them at all. Go.
The tomatoes didn’t really thrive and will not probably survive the heat stress. Go.
So here is the final list.
The Hit List;
- sweet potatoes
- basil in raised bed.
So after 7 days of baking heat without water, the “go” plants will be removed and are destined for the compost bin.
I don’t have any compost ready at the moment, so I am going to prepare the empty beds with some purchased mushroom compost, plus a good mix of sugarcane mulch. I am the planning to cover the empty beds with weedmat or hessian to let the beds settle ready for the autumn planting season. I have been disappointed with the vegie patch yields so far, but clearly, the better the soil, the better the yield. It’s worth making a bigger investment of my time and efforts to get the soil improved.
In the meantime, should we get a cool day or two in the coming months, I have some big plans for another neglected corner of the garden, a space for a vegie patch workshop/greenhouse!
I am going to plan to have no plants to harvest in Janauary or February next year. Its just too risky. Or, I will have to find some pretty cast-iron-strength specimens that can handle the heat. Any suggestions?
What do you do when the heat is on?