Five things to do during hot, dry weather to keep a vegetable garden alive and producing:
1. Work hard to keep out all weeds. They use a lot of moisture.
2. Water regularly--about a half-inch at a time, in the early morning to reduce evaporation. We try to not let the garden "dry out" too much (we have sandy soil) as too dry and then too wet leads to problems (blossom end-rot of tomatoes for example). Too much watering leads to mildew and other wet weather problems.
3. When I finished harvesting the early sweet corn, I cut the stalks into little pieces so the remaining corn plant would not draw moisture. Same for when the green beans finish bearing.
4.With hot weather, crops mature quickly--and can over grow almost while you watch (especially zucchini and cucumbers). Harvest regularly. Overgrown crops draw lots of moisture.
5. Do a rain dance--regularly, with vigor and enthusiasm.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Gardening is never a sure thing. Mother Nature is full of surprises.
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August 5-11, The Clearing. Writing Workshop: Writing From Your Life.
September 7-8, Southwest Wisconsin Prairie Festival, Folklore Village, 3210 Co. Hwy. BB, Dodgeville, WI. Keynote talk, Saturday, Sept. 8, 1:00 p.m. “People and the Prairie.”
October 13, The Clearing. Writing Workshop: Writing From Your Life.