That's what we've got here. It is HOT and DRY! We officially hit 99F this afternoon although our thermometer hit 100. And it is still dry, dry, dry. I finally broke down and pulled out the sprinkler last night to water the potatoes and beans. And this evening I deployed the gallon jug watering system on the vining plants. Rain barrels don't do any good if you've got no rain.
And the hot weather is forecast to continue. Tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter than today. I clipped an old sheet to the side of the chicken run to provide them some more shade than they've got and we put an extra waterer in there for them as well.
I still haven't managed to get the new blackberry bushes into the ground. And I don't think I'll be up for digging holes when the heat index is over 110. So, they have been moved into the shade under the deck to keep them from drying out too quickly until it cools down enough that I can plant them. I've still got three days of work this week at the hospital (I'm working Saturday) but then I've got 4 days off. Sunday is Sunday, Monday is my day off, Tuesday will be my comp day for Saturday and Wednesday is the holiday. I'm hoping that the weather cools off at least a little so I can get out into the garden to weed, at least a couple of mornings since the weeds are getting big again.
This weekend is the Jazz Festival downtown. V and I were talking about going down for a while on Saturday evening after I get off of work but we'll see what the weather is doing. I'm not too thrilled to go sit on a blanket in the middle of a closed off street if it is too hot, even to listen to free concerts. I've been there before when it's blisteringly hot and the streets just cook you. So, hopefully it will cool down a little. We'll see.
I hope you are all staying cool out there.