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Hot weather has finally arrived, and plants as well as people are suffering. Neither of us had a chance to acclimate, so we’re all feeling the brunt of the heat. While mid-80 degree temperatures may feel slightly warm but still comfortable to people, vegetables like tomatoes and peppers and eggplants (they’re in the same family) can’t complete the pollination process then. And, in the low-90s, beans stop producing blossoms altogether.
How do I know that my plants are having a hard time during the heatspell?
Watering in the early evening
Protecting plants from the intense heat in the late afternoon can be accomplished several ways.
If the heat spell continues
After the heat spell retreats
For garden tasks, see August.
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