Las 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.
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