It has been HOT here in New England the past several days. 90 degrees to us is pretty warm. Yesterday kicked up the humidity quite a bit making it even difficult to breath. After work I rushed to the garden and filled the Self Watering Containers (SWC), watered the pots and attached the hoses to the soaker hoses for a deep watering. I only have one outside faucet with an attachment that separates into two outlets. So watering had to be accomplished in shifts.
First I filled two 5-gallon buckets with water, then I attached two hoses to the soaker hoses. While the soaker hoses were working, I scooped out pitchers of water to water the square foot gardens by hand.
While I was in the garden, I harvested a young onion, some celery, swiss chard and a garlic scape to add to the lettuce stored in the fridge. Some grilled chicken and a sprinkle of cheese and we had dinner:
After dinner I was able to take a closer look at how things are progressing. The garden is enjoying the heat and growing my leaps and bounds. Here are a few highlights.
It looks like we will have enough cucumbers for our first batch of pickles by this weekend:
All the tomatoes have now set fruit. The Bush Boy Tomatoes were the last, but I spotted a few little fruit today. The Early Girl Tomatoes have put on a lot of growth over the last week. They are sure living up to their reputation:
This is the first Anaheim Pepper:
Most impressive is the growth in the melon patch in only a few short days:
The above is a Fastbreak Melon. I expect this guy to be the first melon ready for harvest maybe by the end of the month. Warm temperatures will be staying for a while. So watering will become more routine in the days to come.