June 30th, 2008

You Aren't Going to Believe This . . .

bio_lesliedLas Vegas, NV.  It’s 4 pm in the hot Mojave Desert.  The candy thermometer that sits on the top block of a raised veggie bed displays a temperature of 138F degrees in the sun.  Next to, and up close to the blocks, the pepper plants are growing big and producing like bunnies . . . lots of blossoms and lots of peppers in all sizes.  Here is a picture of some of the several test varieties I am growing.  Notice the little ant on the pale green pepper?  Soon he will leave on his own as there’s no sweet aphid honeydew for him on these plants.

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All the 2008 test veggies are thriving in our heat.  However . . . this test gardener isn’t; I only go into the garden for 2 – 3 minutes at a time in the afternoons.
-Leslie in Las Vegas

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