Summer was ushered in last week with threats of a heat wave. A heat wave for us is three consecutive days of 90˚F or higher temperatures. In preparation, I harvested the remaining lettuce that was in the garden and seeded the area with bush beans. All the beds were watered really well before the heat hit.
The last of spring crop of lettuce:
We didn't end up with an official heat wave; temperatures were 90s˚F the first day and high 80s˚F the following days. It was very humid though making it really uncomfortable. Then we were hit with some severe thunderstorms with wind and a lot of rain over the weekend. Luckily, not much damage to the garden but the wind and heavy rain flattened my potato bed. We are heading into another hot spell with more thunderstorms this week.
The garden has responded to the heat and rain by growing in leaps and bounds. The Snow Peas and Green Arrow Peas have reached the top of the trellis and are beginning to form pods:
The peas will be pulled once they are finish to provide more room for the corn growing in front of them. I was most surprised by the corn's growth that almost doubled in 24-hours once the heat hit:
The pole beans are beginning to climb the trellis netting:
The peppers were sulking before the heat and now have greened up and are sprouting some new growth:
We will soon have some yellow summer squash and zucchini:
Fastbreak Melons are beginning to vine and bloom:
The tomatoes are looking healthy and are filled with blossoms and teeny tomatoes:
I love the garden this time of year. Everything is usually so lush and healthy and so full of promises of harvests to come.