The garden is suffering from the prolonged, extreme heat and lack of rain. Any storms that have popped up have skirted around us to the north or south. As a result, the garden is gasping. I went out this morning and picked a mess of greenbeans, but even those are below average quality and quantity. The tomatoes are trying to bear but are also suffering the effects of the drought. I was able to pick some nice green peppers and pulled a few baseball-sized onions. Patti mixed some of the peppers, onions, and some tomatoes together with some vinegar, oil, sugar and herbs and made a great salad for our lunch. Fresh and nutritious!
While in the garden, I also pulled the few weeds I found and cut the broccoli back, in hopes of getting a few more florets before the heat bedraggled plants give out.
We are expected to experience a few more days of 102-104 degree temperatures before it 'moderates' and drops into the mid to upper 90s! To make it worse, the humidity is creeping upwards, creating more normal July-in-southern-Indiana-like weather! The word 'sweltering' comes to mind! But, it could be worse...at least we are not without electrical power like the hundreds of thousands in the East.