It is insanely warm. Not only are people having a hard time in the heat, but so are the plants.
Take my poor little herbs I potted in May. All was well with them at first. Then at the end of June I went away for a few days to help with kitchen reno (by help I mean watch) and then off to my Dad’s wedding. And while I was away that blaring sun got to my herbs.
I came home to pots of dying and, in some cases, downright fried little herbs. I cut back what I could and took good care of them..
Some of them are almost recovered. Others, though, I am pretty sure are dead.
Sorry Dill, Tarragon and Cilantro. It was good while it lasted.
And yet it’s not just me feeling the wrath of the sun these days. Our amazing CSA farmers explained in our weekly blurb last Sunday that they are having the worst CSA season in 6 summers!
And without a fancy irrigation system, they are having trouble keeping everything moist. Not to mention that there is a small window of time to water plants before the sun heats them to a point of scorching their roots (exactly the reason why you shouldn’t water your grass and garden in the hot sun).
I can imagine their frustration. With all the effort you put into growing something, wether a small aloe plant hanging in the kitchen or acres of diverse crops on the farm, it is disheartening to see them struggle or perish in the heat.
One thing is for sure, having grown my herbs this year I have even more appreciation for the farmers that grow the food my family eats.
As a famous frog once said: “It’s not easy being green.”
It may not be easy to run an organic farm without the crazy fertilizers, chemically pesticides and large-scale irrigation systems to combat this heat, but I sure do appreciate that my CSA farmers stand strong to their values (even if it means a smaller yield).
So here is a big thank you from my family for all of that hard work.
How about you? Are you having troubles growing any plants, herbs or veggies this season?