Can You Take the Heat?

Ugh. I can tell that today is a Monday. Of course, my computer tells me that it is currently 104 degrees outside, which is probably m0stly accurate. Our poor garden is looking pretty crispy, even though we watered this morning. You can’t believe how much I’m looking forward to a fall garden! (Speaking of which, hopefully I’ll get around to telling you what I’m up to in that department by later this week.)  However, there’s one thing that is much more depressing than the heat, and that is losing things that you’ve worked hard for.

What do you see in that picture? Nothing, you say? That would be right. This is the spot that just last Friday we had a beautiful ‘Honey Bun’ cantaloupe growing. Today it’s gone. The stupid part is that it was nowhere near ripe. I guess I should have put up a sign like I was thinking about doing. Something along the line of “this melon isn’t ripe, so please don’t steal it.” A walk-through of the tomato patch showed that someone is enjoying several of our tomatoes as well. The tomatoes don’t bother me as much – a few tomatoes is only a portion of what we’ll get all year. Losing 50% of your melon crop though…that’s obnoxious.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on August 2, 2010, in Around the Garden and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’ve been waiting for something of the same to happen to me. I’ve been very fortunate that it hasn’t! My 2 melon plants only produced 1 melon (which I ate tonight). The beds I built are visible enough from the street to be seen and tomatoes can be seen hanging from the vines. I guess it’s a matter of time!

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