As much as I love the outdoors and to garden, I hate being hot, and I really hate humidity. Granted I live in Los Angeles where we are fond of saying, “at least it’s a dry heat”, but this summer has seen humidity levels creeping into the 70-80% range.
My head sweats. The backs of my knees sweat. I get cranky.
It’s too hot too garden. So what’s a gardening lover supposed to do during this time of the year?
Well, one thing you should probably avoid is planting anything new right now. The air is hot; the soil is hot; the sun is strong. Tender new plants will struggle to get established. Edibles like tomatoes, beans, and peppers will have difficulty setting new fruit because of the heat. Heat waves and dry spells may cause leaves to burn. A recent heat wave here in LA, where temps reached 117 degrees Fahrenheit, left the leaves of Camellias, Eugenia hedges, and even Agapanthus brown and crispy.
Wait until early morning temps start to dip back down into the upper 50s-60s before planting anything new.
So what gardening tasks can you take on when it’s too stinkin’ hot?