Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Fourty above

When I heard it was forecast to be 43°C today, I was expecting a plate full of roast pumpkin for dinner tonight. With no real way to protect the whole pumpkin vine from the outdoor oven, I figured the game was over. All I could do this morning was give it a good water, say my goodbyes and walk away with a tear in my eye. 

Well, it didn't turn out so bad after all. 

The garden only hit 41°C today, and at the time these photos were taken (7pm) it was still sitting at 38°C. I imagined I'd be returning home to see pumpkin leaves drooped on the end of their stalks - and they had been at about 1pm - but the wife kindly broke from protocol and did a little gardening. By the time she finished watering everyone was feeling a bit less scorched - except her.

In fact, there seems to be little or no damage to any of the plants today - not that there's really much else other than pumpkin to speak of - And thankfully, it's looking like there'll be a few more of them yet.

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