Oh how I wished for summer while we were digging out of the huge blizzard that hit Small Table Land at the end of January! I dreamily allowed my thoughts to drift to grilled flank steak and Cobb salad. I imagined walking in flip-flops and testing out my new spray-sunscreen. It was a fool’s errand! Now that my sweet baby pea plants are just reaching toddlerhood out on my deck, the temps have suddenly jumped to above 80°F. I’m not ready! My peas aren’t ready! My deck faces east, and is enclosed on three sides. This means that all sunlight and heat are amplified well beyond the actual ambient temperature. So it’s been close to 85°F up there for the last three days. Bad, bad, bad for spring crops. Woe is me. The only hope I have found in my pea-saving research is a little tip from Garden-Lifestyle Guy P. Allen Smith:
He says that in the “old days,” people would make little cheese-cloth sunshades for their crops when they were caught too early by hot weather. This apparently allows some sunlight to get to the leaves while lowering the temperature under the cloth by around ten degrees. It’s my only hope! As you can see from the photo, my peas were doing so well that I transferred them to some pots, and also planted mint, green onions, and cilantro. Now it’s all growing beautifully, but will never make it to maturity at the rate things are heating up around here. My heart is breaking, and the only thing that can mend it is probably cheesecloth!