This is about the time of year when most Phoenicians say “when is this heat going to break?” And just when we think it is gone for 6 months we get hit with another week of 102+ degree days. This creates a challenge for gardeners each fall: to plant now or wait another few weeks to make sure the new crop doesn’t crisp in the heat. If you decide to plant early, you may give your new winter crop a jump start on the season, allowing a few more inches of growth and possibly even starting your harvest a week or two earlier. However you do risk losing a number of plants if we have a hot week. No one wants to visit their garden to find their baby greens wilted after a hot day (wilted arugula salad anyone?) So what will it be? I’m holding out for the week of Oct. 10th for both flowers and veggies, but I will be overseeding my lawn early this year… Oct 1st! Will I be sorry? We will have to see. Wish me and my new green garden friends luck!