You Know It Has Been Ridiculously Hot and Dry for Too Long When…

You know it has been ridiculously blazing hot and dry for too long when…

  • When even the warm season hard-to-kill grasses are brown and the only thing growing is bindweed
  • When 2″ isn’t the amount of rain you’ve had recently, but the distance between raindrops on the ground last time it rained
  • When you almost need a sweater to go out in the morning because 75 is so cold
  • When you don’t realize the AC in your office is malfunctioning because 80 degrees is cool
  • When you examine every tomato plant in detail every day in the futile hope that one tomato might brave the heat and set
  • When you can count the number of ripe tomatoes this year on one hand.
  • When you get cabin fever in July, because going outside for more than 5 minutes at a time is oppressive.
  • When you get excited to see a weather forecast that has 99 degrees listed as a high, even though you know that by the time that distant day arrives, it will again be 100+.
  • When every field for miles is brown and crispy like it should look in October.
  • When the river is only a trickle, and people are going for walks in the riverbed, rather than along the river.
  • When the only place green plants are growing is IN the riverbed, on all the sandbars.
  • When the answer to every plant problem that comes into the diagnostic center is…it’s been really hot…followed by either “you need to water more/more deeply” or “you’ve been overwatering.”
  • When you see people watering their lawns every day and they are still brown and dormant.
  • When the water coming out of the cold tap feels warm to the touch.
  • When you would welcome a little Septoria leaf spot or Early Blight on the tomatoes, because at least that would mean there was some rain to spread it.
  • When even cucumber, squash, and melon seeds really don’t want to germinate and grow.

Kansas, can I just say that I’m not a fan? (Because if I were, at least the air would be moving and it would be a little cooler!)

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 1, 2011, in Around the Garden and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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