Surviving A Heat Wave

Improvising shade
Last week we had a week long heat wave. The temperatures were over 105 and I had to come up with a fast way to create shade. I resorted to using my umbrella and propping it up in the bed to protect my new seedlings. My lettuce still bolted but the seedlings are still hanging in there. On the fourth day I came across one of the praying mantis. She must of been exploring this questionable object in her bed.






7 responses to “Surviving A Heat Wave”

  1. James Avatar

    Good idea. When it is 105… whatever works… works. We make our plants just deal with it. Our weather is so up and down and back and forth that our plants have to get tough… or deal with the consequences.

    They don’t like us sometimes. haha

  2. Daniel Avatar

    We found a grasshopper.
    I like the praying mantis.

    Daniel, 2 years

  3. ambika Avatar

    It actually just cooled off here after having an unseasonably warm June. I just hope it’s nice this weekend for the housewarming!

  4. nkristis Avatar

    James: Yeah, I hear you. It’s actually been unusually stable out here. Just a few hot weeks here and there but it’s felt like spring.

    Daniel/Heather: Hey, grasshoppers will eat your leaves and plants. But Praying mantis work in your garden to get rid of them. So I think they are awesome.

    Ambika: It’s like Seattle in Central California have switched locations. It’s been very mild out here when it’s usually unbearably hot.

  5. Momisodes Avatar

    That is so clever!

    I love that shot of the mantis. I’ve never actually seen one up close.

  6. Chara Michele Avatar

    Hope you are staying cool 🙂

  7. ambika Avatar

    The mantis made me smile. I pulled up a garbage can worth of ivy yesterday and felt like a little kid coming across all of these beetles and spiders I probably haven’t seen since I *was* a kid–not with all of the apartment living I’ve done up until now!

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