100 degrees in Santa Fe today!

I would encourage everyone to water their veggie crops 2x a day here in Santa Fe while we are having this extreme heat wave. The heat is really taking a toll and many plants are stressed to the max right now. Do not fertilize anything in this heat as that might add to their stress. Instead you might water with sea weed and SuperThrive or Vit. B which are good for plant stress. Don’t plant any seeds right now while the heat is on, rather wait till it is cooler and the soil can be kept moister.

Also adding row cover or shade cloth over plants should help. If you have any fencing, you could cut a piece and open it over your bed and put the shade cloth or row cover on top of  that which the plants will love even more as the cloths will not rub on them but if not just put some medium weight row cover over them which won’t weigh too heavily. I would not use heavy weight row cover as it will not breathe and the row cover should not be tight over them.

Once we are over this period, you could go back to watering 1x a day and take off the row cover once the monsoons come-hopefully in the next few weeks but leave the row cover just to the side of the bed in case we get a hail storm, then I put it back over the bed again. This is of course assuming we get the monsoons!

13 comments on “100 degrees in Santa Fe today!

  1. tonytomeo says:

    You know, there are some places in America where I can not help but wonder why so many would live there. Although I know that Santa Fe is excellent in many ways, that sort of heat must be unpleasant. I can say that because I am looking at a winter home near Death Valley.

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    • Santa Fe at 7000 ft altitude is a great place to live normally. I’ve been here 24 years and this is the second time I’ve seen it so hot. This is not normal. Normal for us is 88-92 degrees (if there is a normal anymore!) with it in the 50’s at nite. No humidity in the summer and even cooler when the monsoon rains come in. Yes the heat is very unpleasant right now. Where are you and what’s it like in your neck of the woods?

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      • tonytomeo says:

        I am in the Santa Cruz Mountains between San Jose and Santa Cruz. My former neighborhood in town (Los Gatos) is within a chaparral climate, as well as the rain shadow. We got about a foot of rain there annually. Now that I am on the other side of the summit, I get about twice the volume of rain. This neighborhood is only a few miles away from the other! I really miss the vast orchards of the Santa Clara Valley, even though I can only remember the last few bits of them. It was such a perfect place for all that fruit to grow. It is all gone now.

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  2. Gene solyntjes says:

    Hello, this idea may seem but still putting it into print is going to save some plants. I note the well watered corn really seems to be appreciating this heat.

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  3. Pamela Grob says:

    What is causing my tomatoes to have a tough outer skin?

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    • What variety is it? Some tomatoes have tougher skins like Japanese Trifle.

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      • Pamela Grob says:

        Red Zebra and Sun Gold. also something is taking little bites out of my green tomatoes??

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      • Some varieties like I mentioned but usually not those-Red Zebra and certainly not Sungold. So other culprits are high heat and underwatering can also cause tough skins, Pam. In order to prevent sunscald on the tomato fruit, the tomato plants will start to produce tomatoes with tougher skins with either of these other two conditions as well.

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  4. Pamela Grob says:

    Thanks, Jannine. What can be taking bites of the green tomatoes. Is it too early for tomato worms?

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    • Maybe. Seen any leaves eaten too? Leaves and fruit eaten, then maybe tomato hornworm. If not, maybe it is rolly pollies. They munch on the lower fruit and make perfectly round holes in them. If so, use SLUGGO PLUS (not SLUGGO).Sprinkle on ground around the plants. Send pic to:
      660-4986 so I can see it

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  5. Pamela Grob says:

    One tomato is half eaten. I just put some netting around it, so I hope that will help. I do have some Sluggo Plus,so I will put some around the plant. I don’t see any leaves eaten as yet.

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