Since our garden has been hit with everything but a flood this year, I feel blessed to have gotten anything out of it this summer. The drought and the continual onslaught of triple digit heat has taken a toll on all of the vegetation at our farm. Above is a picture of what our tomatoes look like. (Click on the image to enlarge.) Notice how many of the leaves are curled. Ideally, I should create some shade for the plants in the afternoon, but our garden is too large to make that feasible. Another issue is that we have had many nights where the temperature does not get below 70 or 75 degrees. The tomatoes don’t get a chance to cool off and rest. As a result, the new blossoms on the plants are not producing additional fruit. I haven’t noticed them dropping; they just sit there day after day. I don’t know what to do to make them take the next step.
To add insult to injury, last week a horrendous wind storm blew in and beat up the tomatoes, watermelons, and zucchini. Below is a picture of how the wind snapped the tomato branches. Unfortunately, the weather forecast calls for more triple digit heat this week. The poor garden just can’t catch a break!