Last night the gardens were so dry, that I actually went back and watered them all again after the first watering had had a chance to soak in (or evaporate). It has just been so dry, even with daily watering, the garden is starting to show signs of stress.
It looks like I will not get a single edible radish out of my third planting; they're just little skinny roots that are now bolting, so I'll be pulling those tonight. Some of the onions have started to die down, the peas are done, and the lettuce is nearing it's end as well.
I was staking up some of the new tomato growth last night and found three green tomatoes with blossom end rot; not surprising given how dry it has been getting in between daily waterings. On the bright side, it was only three tomatoes off of my 19 plants, so that's a pretty minimal loss.
On another bright note, my little sad looking tomato is actually setting on fruit despite the sad, curled leaves, and last night I noticed that it's sent out two new shoots near the bottom that are looking perfectly normal and healthy, so it looks like it might make it after all!
We were fortunate to get a good rain this morning. It was a steady, soaking rain from about 3:30 - 4:30 a.m. and it's been raining lightly on and off ever since. No cool down with the rain, unfortunately, which means this 90-something day is going to be STEAMY. Hoping that we get a little something out of the afternoon chance of rain as well. We're heading back into a stretch of 90+ with little to no chance of rain, so the garden can use everything it can get today.
I don't know if others notice this, but I can water something perfectly with the hose, but it sure doesn't compare to the difference actual rain water makes. Also, I want a break from hauling the hose around :)