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Removing the sunshade plants


Although we've had a week of abundant sunshine, due to the low morning temperatures, the temperatures haven't reached over 30°C (86°F). This is wonderful for the vegetables and garden plants. They aren't experiencing heat distress anymore. Still, we're in a drought period and there's not enough water. We had a couple of showers at the beginning of the last week, but most of the showers didn't hit us directly, so the amounts that we got were very small.


Since the heat is no longer so strong and the morning temperatures are around 10°C (50°F), the vegetables that like the sun don't need any more sun protection, so I decided to remove the sun shading plants. Cosmoses that are around the fefferoni peppers are mostly done with flowering and are starting to turn yellow, so I've decided to remove most of them.

I have enough Cosmoses at the bottom of the garden and on the paths to collect seeds for next year, so I can remove the rest without any damage. Removing these plants will ensure that my fefferoni get enough sun and prolong the fruiting period. 



I've also removed more tomato plants that had no fruits left to give some more sun to the cabbages and broccoli. This has been a very bad year for brassicas. The heat has made them grow slowly and the cabbage heads are tiny. I'm hoping September and October will be better and they will grow a bit bigger.

There's not much work in the garden right now. All the vegetables have been sown, most of the work has been done and now it's time to relax for a week or two before the beginning of digging season. 



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