So now is the time to get those fall crops in the ground. The last plantings of warm weather crops along with all of the wonderful cool weather crops need to go in by mid-august. Some of the crops (i.e. carrots) can wait until September but August is high time for fall planting.
The wrinkle this season is that we are still experiencing record high heat and have not seen a drop of rain in weeks (only three rains since May 1st here at 47 Daisies). Cool weather crops especially do not like this high heat and low humidity we are currently in the midst of..........huge dilemma!!
This is not stopping us, however. We are plowing ahead and utilizing the success of the shadehouse salad greens to get the fall crops in the ground. Next time you are out to the farm, notice how many shadehouses you see. We are planting the broccoli out under 50% shade this weekend to get it established. Once we see a break in these miserable weather conditions we will remove the cloth and release the broccoli to the full sun. We are also sowing swiss chard, turnips, mustard greens, etc under shade to get them established.
If only it would EVER rain and give us a break from this "Phoenix-like" weather we have been enduring ALL SEASON LONG!!
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )