It is hot outside! Too hot to garden. In fact, too hot for lettuce. Yesterday afternoon the lettuce and peppers looked as wilted as I felt, and it was only 93 degrees! The forecast was for triple digits. So I grabbed the clothes dryer and set it up over the lettuce which responded to the welcome shade with a sigh of relief.
I knew that the clothes dryer was not going to be enough so I got some stakes, a hammer and an old sheet, and went to work.
Too hot for lettuce. They will either wilt or bolt. Bolting is when lettuce sends up its main stalk to create flowers and seed. When this happens the lettuce often turns bitter.
Lovely, don’t you think?
I thoroughly watered plants under this improvised cooling tent.
Not only functional but stylish as well. If I get a few extra salads then it was worth it.
I’m thinking of climbing in and feasting on the lettuce before it totally cooks over the next few days.