I don't know about where you are, but it has been HOT here. Missouri hasn't seen 100° temps here in June since the 1950's. We start early in the morning getting everything soaked down, critters fed and fully supplied with cold, fresh water and then hightail it into the house before noon if possible. With temps like these though, the critters have to be checked on all afternoon to be sure none of them are suffering from the heat. Yesterday we even put fans on the chickens it was so bad, not sure what the humidity was, but it was high.
Here are some odds and ends of what we attended to this morning:
Cucumber and Green Bean Patch
(Straight Eight and Dasher Cucumbers and Strike Green Beans)
(Cute little plants, but I'm not sure what to use them for)
Orange Bell Peppers
(Not quite sure what I'll do with these either)
(Planted late in hopes of missing the squash bug cycle)
Roma Tomato Patch
(Two dozen plants left to grow willy nilly)
Kale for juicing!
One can never have too many Hollyhocks...
Our mystery melon...
(Any produce last year that wasn't consumed or preserved went to the chickens. This spring I was delighted to find all kinds of mystery plants where our chicken tractor happened to be last fall.)
Big Beef Tomatoes
(Covered in Diatomaceous Earth for the Aphids)
This is your red flag. Here is a perfect example of what to look for before the leaves on your tomatoes begin to disappear. This is hornworm droppings. If you watch carefully, you can spot this on your leaves and remove the worms before they devour your plant in two days. Believe me, it doesn't take long at all! Once you spot this, get down on your knees and look at the underneath of the leaves just above the droppings. The big green worms should be easy to find!
See, there he is. He was on the leaf just above his droppings. (See the Aphids? Not as easy to get rid of as the worms.) Feed these big, juicy worms to your chickens and they will love you for life. Whatever you do, catch the worms early!
And last but not least, here is a fella that has never had his picture taken before:
This is our daughter's beloved rabbit, Pippen. Her grandfather and her constructed this handy dandy pen for him which includes a back and sides that can be closed up or let down depending on the weather. She absolutely fell in love with him at the pet store. They told her he was a dwarf bunny and she spent $30 of her own money on him. We soon discovered how clueless the local pet store people are when he grew into an almost full size rabbit that she could've gotten from our neighbors for $5. Lesson learned but either way, she loves him and that's what counts.
I hope you are managing to stay cool today! If you have any suggestions what I can do with those hot Thai peppers....please let me know!!