Living in AZ, we have a very strange growing season. The mid summer temps are TOO hot, and most fruits and veggies do not flower, so will not fertilize. Even tomatoes and such that started to form before the heat kicked in will kind of be in stasis until the weather cools off – not getting any bigger or riper.
Of late, have noticed summer hot season getting longer. Last year it rarely broke 100F, but it remained that hot for nearly 3 months instead of the usual 4-6 weeks. Which meant, by the time it cooled down, there wasn’t enough left of the sun cycle for much to grow.
This means making the most of the spring and fall growing seasons, particularly the spring, which can, because of our usually dry air, have temp fluctuations of as much as 40F between highs and lows.
So this year am investing in various devices to extend that spring season earlier. Yes, I’m BUYING cloches, and tunnels. Yes, I could make these things and have done so in the past, but lets be honest, if you have any kind of growing area, its time consuming to wrap everything up every night and unwrap it every morning. And if its been raining or snowing, frost blankets get wet and sag and don’t do such a good job.
And then, in the summer, shade cloths have to go up and over everything!
so this year am going with some of these items from Gardeners Supply
have ordered the tomato accelerator, the row accelerator, and the cuke and squash accelerators. Already am using 3 of the row accelerator; one is overwintering some chard very nicely and the other two are sheltering some spring green seeds that I planted about a week ago. The nice thing is, they can all be stored flat and are far more convenient to use than hoops and plastic sheeting or frost blankets.
While shopping for all this, found this item
like me, you probably find things in your compost that haven’t fully degraded yet and you have to sift, sift, sift. So how about that cutter to make all that stuff smaller and easier to compost? Even though we have plenty of heat to aid compost, here you have to keep after watering it, so it really doesn’t go as fast as you think it might and should. Think this little device will make it possible to even compost avocado skins!
So the hope is to get some yields before the heat kicks in, and let the rest do its thing through its natural cycle.
Intense gardening for sure