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Date:10/21/2014 12:08:59 AM
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Good Morning! About your beans - if they are snap beans, they really won't produce well in the extreme heat - ours just wither and die after the temps rise to the 90s. You can try shading them a little in the afternoons (shade cloth works well) but only the beans, because anything else like peppers and tomatoes love the heat. I know it may sound silly, but check your planting date - if you plant on 'Bloom Day' none of your plants will produce well, if at all. It may sound like a lot of old folk phooey, but it really does have a lot of truth to it. Check your extension service to see if they can tell you what actual date 'Bloom Day' is in your area. You could also try watering after dark, or at least, right at dusk. That way, the water soaks into the ground and doesn't evaporate as much. Plus, if you put it on slow, the ground becomes saturated and you only have to water twice a week (most plants like at least 2to 4" of water a week, and that means 2 to 4" AT THE ROOTS - most short waterings stop at the top soil and doesn't always soak in far enoughto get to the roots). The only other thing I can think that might work, and also sounds just a little crazy, is to put some ice cubes around the plant and let that cool water soak into the root system. My dad always did that with his peonies, and down here, those beautiful flowers just don't like to grow in this exhorbitant heat, but his thrived. (Me? I couldn't get a peony to leaf, much less bloom). Hope this helps. If not, let me know and I'll check with our extension agent to see if he has any other suggestions! Hope you have a great day!
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