The forecast for this weekend is for sunny, sweaty, aggressive heat. Yes, DC is a swamp, but it’s pretty rare to have it get up into the 80s in April. But it’s good, because I’ve been waiting for the soil to dry out so I can prepare the last of my beds (which just got another soaking after a full day of hard rain today. And now I am confident that all danger of frost is past, so it’s time to move out the troops. Many of the tomatoes and peppers I started under a grow light have now gotten too big for their little three-inch peat pots, and need to get planted. My Mexican sour gherkins are flailing out their tendrils in seach of a permanent support structure. The seedlings are probably going to get sunburned their first weekend, but there’s not much I can do about that. My shady fire escape has been fine for acclimating the seedlings to wind and cold, but day-long sun will be a new sensation.
I’ll have to protect myself against sunburn, too. And heat exhaustion. This will be my first real experience gardening in the DC heat. All the container gardening I’ve done in previous DC summers has been just outside the door of some nice, air-conditioned house. And, for some reason, working in an office has not adequately prepared me to do several hours of hard labor under the beating sun. But I’d better get used to it. This is just a preview of the summer to come.