August in the desert is blistering hot. Though we have had some rain to cool us down a bit, August is consistently the worst time of the year.
The plants struggle too. There are a few plants that like it though, the hotter the better. The one that I am focusing on in this post is eggplant.
I have some plants that I planted a year ago March. That is right; March of 2013. Buy all rights, they should have died out during that same winter-at the first sign of frost. But here we are; over a year later and still getting fruits.
I planted these babies in a bed that I composted mostly with pine needles. They have been the healthiest eggplants that I have ever had. Now in August, they are in direct sunlight and seem very happy. The only thing that I have amended the bed with is water from the aquaponics system.
Note to self. Pine needles are a good thing in the compost pile.