It was the hottest June on record in this region and from what I understand across the country. Certain crops are thriving and some are done. This time of year is a transition time from the spring crops to the summer crops. There is usually a window or a warm up period. Not this year we went from mild to just plain hot. The lettuce and other greens pretty much said no way and the beets are laying down daily in the heat. They perk back up at night, but are in protest for sure. I have been keeping water on them, but again the heat is stifling and if it does not cool of I could have some very stunted beets this year. No healthy green leaves and you get no root.
On the brighter side is the peppers, eggplants, squash and tomatoes. Those plants love the heat. As you can see I employ a technique to increase the heat, it is mulching. The above is a biodegradable, corn based product, similar to a plastic film, but in 4 to 6 months it is gone. It serves a few vital functions, water retention, heat retention and weed suppression. It is a very good way to increase the yield and the plants look great so far. We saw a temperature of 106 last week, so I would guess that under the film was close to 115 degrees.