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What a difference a week makes!

We went from nice summer weather to extreme hot weather, and it is going to hang around a while.

I guess we haven’t hit 100 degrees since August 2019 according to Tulsa weather guys, but that may change this week.

So it’s time to grab the flip flops and a hat and get ready to drag that hose around again.

With these temperatures, you may… no you probably will have to water every day, so you and Mr. Hose are going to become friends for a while.

So here are some tips on how to get through this heat.

It goes without saying that you should do any gardening chores as early in the morning as possible.

I prefer to do the watering first thing, or I should say Jim starts the watering (I’m not supposed to schlepp the 100’ hose around yet).

In the veggie garden, direct the water at the base of the plants so the roots can absorb that water in the cooler morning temperatures.

Watering the foliage of vegetables may only cause powdery mildew and other diseases.

As for flowers, they don’t tend to get those diseases like vegetables, but still try to get the water at the base of the plants, especially in the potted plants since they will dry out quicker.

Once everything is watered make a quick round to cut mildewy or dead foliage off the vegetables and any dead stuff off the flowers.

Then you can take some time to do some light weeding because the soil is moistened by then, making it easier to pull them.

I’m very lucky, I get to start these chores while Jim is watering…I’m liking this arrangement.

I know my Saturday Market gardeners are hard at it so they will continue to have lots of veggies, along with grass-fed beef, chicken, eggs, tamales, hummus and cabbage rolls, and more.

Come and see us from 9:00 to noon. Enjoy the Earth! Diana