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Re: Vegetables

It's warm.  And it doesn't cool off at night.  That and over 95
degrees  every day for months at a time w/ no rain keeps most peppers
from setting fruit.  Not the Italian heirlooms by golly!  Thank
goodness for Seed Saver's Exchange.

On 7/12/05, Johnson Cyndi D Civ AFFTC/ITSR <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:
> Wow you must have some heat. In my neck of the desert (we don't have woods
> y'know) the jalapenos are busy putting out peppers even in the hottest of
> summers. Eggplants too. The tomatoes do start to shut down although there
> are always a couple forming here and there; variety Heatwave does the best.
> It may be that it cools down enough at night to allow them to pollinate. I
> haven't been paying attention to what the cukes do, last time I had a good
> crop of them, they were attacked by whiteflies right when they were
> producing heavily and so died prematurely.
> It's 102F right now and the weather site says relative humidity is 11%. I
> had a nice 1/2 mile walk to another building and barely broke a sweat. But
> our heat alert system says the guys outside may only do 25% work and rest
> 75% of each hour; I'm glad I'm not having to actually work out there.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
> Of james singer
> Sent: Monday, July 11, 2005 3:47 PM
> To: Garden Chat
> Subject: [CHAT] Vegetables
> To all who grow vegetables, greetings.
> My vegetable plants are in various stages of shutting down because of
> the heat. Tomatoes [except the wild ones] have quit blooming because
> the nights are too warm. Wild ones are still going but will shut down
> soon. Jalapeno pepper shows signs of stress from the heat. Cucumber,
> which is growing on a trellis in a 30-gallon pot in the shade, is just
> beginning to produce [lots]. Eggplant is blooming but does not seem to
> be setting fruit--probably a night temperature problem.
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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