FARMING IN THE CITY

Summer in September? It’s the hottest day ever recorded in LA

Though it hardly feels like fall with temperatures in the triple digits, the calendar says otherwise and we are going ahead with fall sowings. Last week it felt more like winter so we up and planted all sorts of greens and now are having to protect these tiny seedlings from the intense heat and sun.

We knew the cold spell wasn’t going to last but took the gamble anyway. I think Nature likes to keep us on our toes!

So, here I sit at the computer and it’s midday, I’m a’stallin’. Yep, today I’m a bonafide diddle-daddler. I am NOT looking forward to canning today. With temperatures reaching 110+ I am rather avoiding the kitchen or, rather ,the stove for that matter. But I gotta suck it up because there are figs, grapefruit and jalapenos that are calling for me to put them up and put them up now!

After I post these pics, I promise to suck it up but keep the hose handy!

Colorful peppers

Funky squash

It's a jungle out there

Green tomatoes

Beautiful visitor

Fall plantings: peas

Late summer squash

Made in the shade

Carpet of lettuce

Eggplant

Front porch farm stand goodies

Cooling off with a nice dust bath!

More green beans in the garden

Baby greens

Busy bees

Hey So Cal, how are you coping with the heat?

Comments(22)

  1. Kyle Taylor says:

    Hi there, I just found your blog! My husband and I recently moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara county. With the heat we have been having I can’t even imagine cooking in my kitchen! You are a brave soul! Good luck with your canning, and I look forward to reading more of your blog in the future!

    • Anais says:

      @Kyle Taylor: A warm welcome to you! We’ve been blogging about our urban homesteading journey for over 10 years now so there’s certainly lots of posts and pics to enjoy. I heard it took one lady 6 months to read to the entire blog!

  2. Sarah @ Seattle Farmette says:

    Love the pictures today – especially the hens sitting on the old chair!

    • Anais says:

      @Sarah @ Seattle Farmette: We have quite a few of those old chairs in the animal enclosure. The ducks like sitting under and the chickens on top!

  3. Stacy says:

    I’m “cheating” – I’ve been staying inside all day with the swamp cooler running. The kidlet and I even took a trip to go pick up some embroidery floss so we could take advantage of the car’s A/C and stop for ice cream on the way home…

  4. Cynthia in Denver says:

    Temps in Denver today were in the 90s. This is September! I don’t think it should be so stinkin’ hot!

    Puttin’ up! Miss Anais, I say take a nap. Get up when it’s dark and do the canning in the middle of the night when it is cooler. That’s what I do in the summer when I bake bread.

    • Anais says:

      @Cynthia in Denver: Hottest day ever recorded in LA yesterday – yep EVER! And where was I? hehe I know call me crazy! I’ve been putting canning off since Thursday thinking it would get cooler. HA! But I did i!!! Dripping in sweat so afterwards jumped into the outdoor shower… AHHHHHH At least didn’t have to cook today – just ate tabbouleh.

  5. Linda says:

    Oh, I’m hiding inside my office building, hiding from the heat. For the first time I broke out a sun umbrella for my garden though, and my collards and chard thanked me. Everything is wilting, it’s just so darn hot out there. I think next year I’m going to put together some better shade cloth supports, so that during these heat waves I can protect even the hardy crops from this punishing sun. I have sunshades that help shade the house, why not sunshade to protect the crops? Heat waves always point out problems with my irrigation, too. I spent the morning replacing 6 drippers that weren’t dripping up to their potential, and it showed with the poor plants heat stressed and droppy. With luck, they’ll survive – and be happier when it cools down, as we all will.

    I do not envy you your stove/canning work – my husband and I have been living on cold-cut sandwiches all weekend long, just so we wouldn’t have to heat up a burner.

    It will be another night of wet curtains though – we discovered earlier this year that wetting the light window coverings we use acts as an easy swamp cooler, making it SO much nicer to sleep, if sleep can be had at all.

    Ugh. When is it November?

    • Anais says:

      @Linda: Lucky you! It’s pretty brutal out. Said we’d pay for our cool summer somehow! It looks like tent city out – shading the wee little greens. Neat trick, thanks for the tip.

  6. Tamlynn says:

    Bleh. I was going to can a batch of tomatoes today, but it was so hot I was lucky to get some dinner made. The tomatoes can wait a day and hopefully it will be cooler tomorrow. Then it’s time to start making goodies with the pumpkins.

    Stunning pic of the hummingbird!

    • Anais says:

      @Tamlynn: BLEH is right – it’s too darn hot! Luckily for us we didn’t cook dinner just ate tabbouleh salad. What sorta goodies are you going to make with pumpkins?

      • Tamlynn says:

        @Anais,

        We have a bumper crop of little pie pumpkins, so I’m thinking muffins, cookies, I found an interesting soup recipe I want to try. I hope to freeze some puree. If I get sick of them, I told the kids they could set up a pumpkin stand on the sidewalk!

  7. Crystal says:

    I think your “funky squash” looks like a beautiful swan. And what a shot of that hummingbird! Amazing talent! I like the idea of doing your kitchen/oven work in the middle of the night instead of the heat of the day on those hotter days. I may just have to try that one out. :O)

    • Anais says:

      @Crystal: Yeah, it does doesn’t it. Justin took the hummingbird shot. The lil fella likes to follow him around the yard 😉

  8. Ginger says:

    I for one love hot weather. Maybe when your joints start getting soft, you will, too. I went to a John Jeavons workshop this weekend and loved it. Your peppers were outstanding in a new recipe I developed, jicama nachos.

    • Anais says:

      @Ginger: Lucky you. We got to meet JJ a few years back on one of our travels up to Nor Cal. Didn’t know he was giving workshops again, we’ve inquired many a time about getting him to come to LA but they told us he wasn’t doing any traveling.
      Yum, the jicama nachos sound amazing.

  9. Rhonda says:

    Well, here in KY we broke a record for going 82 days with temps over 90. Whew … we’ve been sweating it out. That’s why I’m so happy to say today I’m wearing a sweatshirt! FINALLY we’ve had a break in the heat and it finally feels like fall!

  10. Sam says:

    I love what you are doing. I hope that you have started a trend that sweeps across the country. Thank you for sharing all of this information.

    • Anais says:

      @Sam: already has!

  11. AmberNWichita says:

    So where do your girls go when it gets cold? The previous owners of our house had their dog run going into the garage , and we are going to make it a small coop inside for them to stay nice and toasty warm.

    • Anais says:

      @AmberNWichita: They have a nice secure chicken coop that’s made out of wood.

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