|The apple mint section of the herb garden|
The picture below is what the grass looks like next to the garden, which is in direct sunlight.
The zinnias continue to flower although they are obviously under great stress.
The tomato plants are alive because I water like crazy each day but the tomatoes are not growing any bigger. They are mostly golf ball size!
I understand this is because of excessive heat as well as drought. It's definitely a one-two punch as heat breeds drought which then brings more heat.
The excessive heat is also responsible for crackly kale.
Don't the pole beans look nice from a distance (pictured below)? It is very deceiving.
What I understand from reading the newspaper... there are no green beans growing in the area. Like my pole beans, the plant would flower beautifully and then the flower would wither and die. It never provided one green bean.
I am only keeping the pole bean alive to hopefully provide shade to the nasturtium plants which have survived so far. Half of them were fried by the heat and had to be removed. My hope is that once we have cooler weather, the remaining nasturtiums will flower again.
Normally the picture below would include lots of mature bush beans as well as newly planted seedlings. The bush beans gave us a few handfuls of green beans and then almost overnight they all died.
I decided against planting more seeds given the circumstances.
While the drought is killing crops everywhere, even flowers on the deck are showing signs of great distress due to the 100+ heat.
Remember when it looked like this?
The Corn Belt is a disaster...