Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Headed to 100* today

Has anyone else cleared 100* yet? Wow we are on our way! Our weather guy said that the real temp will be about 94* but the "heat index" will be at least 100*.  They've already issued an air quality alert and a "Special Weather Statement" about the heat.

The front garden this morning - this volunteer sunflower is headed up!

This morning was really pleasant tho. I got everyone up and out early so they could take advantage of the cool of the morning. I think our plantings will be OK. Yesterday we had a heck of a storm blow thru and dumped about an inch of rain in about 30 minutes.

A baby apple from one of our espaliered bargain basement trees. 

One note of hilarity - the storm came in from a really weird direction and was upon us suddenly. So I had to drop my tools, grab the dogs, and shove the masses into shelter as fast as I could. Unfortunately yesterday was the first day we put the Second Group of creepy meats outside in the duck yard. The Whole Wide World completely befuddled them and they had no way to get into shelter when the wind blew up. So I had to grab two at a time, one under each arm, "football style" and run them into the hen house. Dog #1 was immensely helpful holding his belly and laughing like heck at me trying to get those chubby little meats to safety.

This first dahlia is winkin' its greeting to all.

Stay safe everyone! Remember to get hose fans going in your barns, and give extra water to the flocks today.  Don't be afraid to turn on a sprinkler in your hen yard to keep your poultry cool.

Parsley about to bloom

Happy Wednesday!


David P. Offutt - The Gastronomic Gardener said...

Yep here too... get out early to water! No critters to care for, but making sure the bird baths are so my feathered friends. A break come thankfully tonight.

Mr. H. said...

Wow, you really do have some extreme weather fluctuations over there don't you. Nice apple. Good luck with the heat...sounds like a good day for some sun tea.

Robin said...

Our heat index is supposed to hit 99 today. I have a feeling it may be worse though. Don't tell anyone, but there is actually some rain in the forecast Friday night and Saturday morning!!

AL said...

Yep... we've had 103 and 104 a couple of times over the past week as heat indices. Rabbits just give up and lay on top of the frozen bottles and I rigged up a "wading pool" for the chickens using a great big lid from a tote bin.
I do need to get fans for the whole gang - barn, chicken house and rabbit shelter. Stay "cool" (and there is a search party being formed over at SS for you)

Jody said...

We're definitely feeling the heat here in Cumberland County, PA. We're expected to reach 100. I have 10 or so small cauliflower heads. I hope this heat doesn't ruin them. Your first pic of the front yard garden is beautiful. Very nice!

The Apple Pie Gal said...

I read this earlier today and while I was out with the chickens (poor buggers are so hot) I got the hose and sorta lightly sprayed a mist. They enjoyed it!

And yes ma'am, heat index in the 100s. And it's only June! Ugh!

Your gardens are looking good tho!

Chai Chai said...

Are the creepy meats like witches? Do they melt if they get wet?

Your place look so lush and green, just wonderful.

Dave @ HappyAcres said...

Similar weather over here in the Hoosier state. It was 98 Sat, 96 today. Way too hot for June! We had a storm come up like that Sun morning. Weather radio went off with a clear blue sky outside, then 15 minutes later it stormed. Freaky stuff! Tomato blossoms can't be liking 90s any more than I do.

Summersweet Farm said...

Man it was hot here today too - heat index of 104! We splashed around in the morning but during the worst of it we stayed in and I washed all the windows and sort of looked guiltily at my to-be-ironed pile. Now I gotta get my laundry in before the thunderstorms... goodness knows we could use the rain. It's been so dry and hot here the lawns are all brown - I've never seen that here before.

Veggie PAK said...

Yesterday the temp was 102 degrees F. Last week one day was 101. What happened to Spring?

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