Sunstruck...

16 January, 2014

My garden is not coping. Really, I couldn't expect it to. 5 days of 40+ degrees C is just crazy.

This is the worst of the damage:

Corn looking a bit dry.

Beans ditto.

Some melons are managing ok (front) others barely surviving (rear).

Cucumbers looking a bit sad and droopy.

Don't think I'll be eating these blackberries.

Very sun damaged tomatoes.

Zucchini looking a bit parched on the side that gets the late afternoon sun.

New banana leaves just not coping, although the older leaves are ok.

DIY potpourri.

Anyone for stewed apples?

Evergreed blueberry looking a bit crisp.

Heck, if the indestructible agapanthus is not coping, something MUST be wrong.

14 comments:

  1. Oh no! I hope everything bounces back as it cools down.

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    1. Its amazing how even in the marginally cooler evenings the plants seem to plump up again. But I'll only know in the next week if the more crispy plants can put out new leaves and survive. Thank goodness the cool change is finally here.

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  2. Your poor garden! I think days like these are the only time that my vegie patch being partially shaded actually comes in handy!
    Hopefully your plants rebound well once the change comes through and they get plenty of water!
    - Christine

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    1. Thanks Christine! Yes, I didn't post pics of the survivors, but there are quite a few shaded nooks that have been barely affected. I have a few young trees that will provide a bit of much needed shade for the worst effected areas in future, but until they grow this is what I'll be dealing with.

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  3. My garden is coping pretty well.... particularly the wicking beds and boxes. I really think that the wicking beds are the way to go for the future... exxy to set up compared with just making a garden bed in some soil; but in heat waves like this they save your plants. The only thing I've lost in the wicking beds is my scarlet runner beans. Apparently they don't 'do' heat very well.
    (It pained me to see your stewed apples.)

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    1. Yes, I think if I had my time again I'd go with wicking beds from the start. But I am seriously considering converting my raised beds to wicking beds. We shall see... Likewise my beans are probably the worst effected of all the plants. I'm hoping they'll come good but I've got some seedlings coming up, so if they have carked it at least it won't be the end of the world.
      Yes, my cooked apples are causing me pain too, but there are some that have managed to hide in some shade so I'll still have a few unaffected ones.

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  4. oh, i feel for you. yes, if the aggies are feeling the heat, somethign is wrong indeed.
    we are having unusual heat here as well, and the eastern shore of hobart is about five degrees hotter than the captial, so my garden is suffering too. i'm waterign vigilently, but nothing saves the plants from the fierce sun. good luck.

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    1. I send my sympathies down your way too - its unprecedented weather all round. I've been watering second daily, but I think even with enough water there is the sunburnt like effect. I had a cyprus tree in the front yard that back during the heatwave when the Black Saturday bushfired occured got so sunburnt on one side that got the worst of the midday and afternoon sun, that about 1/3 of the tree completely died. I didn't like the tree anyway so it was another excuse to chop it down, but I still remember the damage that extremely hot day (I think it was 46 degrees or thereabouts) did. I think next time I'll be putting up some shadecloth and seeing if that helps.
      I hope your garden has pulled through and the cool change has arrived.

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  5. It's so sad! My garden looks like I've popped everything in the deep fryer. Now we've got the hot wind to really finish them off. Cool change can come early, we don't mind.

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    1. Damn straight. I'm glad its hit us know. Hope you're suffering has ended too, and your plants pull through.

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  6. It's hideous, isn't it. You're doing well even to be keeping the annual veg alive, I reckon. I second the point about the wicking beds. I've got some rocket, basil & radishes in one of the those greensmart pots, with the subsoil reservoir, and they're acting like it's their favourite weather. Weirdos.

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    1. Hideous is very much the right word. I hear you on the wicking beds. I have my herbs in pots, with a similar system - I just put a plastic container in the bottom of the pots when I planted the herbs out, to act as a kind of water reservoir. It seems to be working well. They have only needed watering once over the last 4 days, so I call that success. I also have basil in the garden that is looking completely perky and seems to me to be looking at the wilting plants around it going, 'what's wrong with you guys?'. Weirdos indeed.

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  7. Oh dear Bek! I am feeling so blessed now that my shady yard that's normally such a curse has left everything in relatively good shape. I have officially killed a lemon tree (for some reason it was pretty much dead prior to this week so no hope). My beans did get a bit burnt so I covered them with an old sheet that seemed to limit any further damage. I covered the plants in my lane (where it tends to heat up in between a fence and brick wall) with shade cloth and the capsicum and eggplant if any are looking better that ever!!! I will add the caveats 1: I am not sure what my water bill we be like (since I emptied the tanks) and 2: I live a little less further out West than you so perhaps it hasn't been quite as hot! Good luck with rescuing what you can and getting it back on track

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    1. Wow - killing a tree is an impressive effort. I hope it wasn't a much loved lemon tree. I think I'd cry if mine died. I have found beans were one of the worst affected by the heat, and will try a pre-emptive shade cloth. Strangely enough I put in bean seeds and the seedlings that came up were completely fine. I hope your beans recover. Yes, I too am a bit worried about my water bill, but I don't think I've been watering as much to date this year, so am hoping it will be stable in the end.

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