Recent Hot, Dry Weather Helps Some Garden Crops, Hurts Others

Recent triple digit daytime highs, coupled with overnight lows in the 70s, may negatively impact homegrown green beans and tomatoes, but other crops may benefit from those conditions.

K-State Research and Extension horticulturist Ward Upham says high temperatures with dry, hot winds can cause poor fruit set on tomatoes because it can lead to a lack of pollination.

However, Upham says you can salvage existing tomatoes by picking them at the breaker stage.

Upham says to take the tomatoes inside and they'll develop that traditional red color and ripen much more quickly.

While tomatoes and green beans are stressed by extreme heat, Upham says that's not the case with musk melons and watermelons.

Peppers and cucumbers should also react favorably to the recent weather conditions. At this point, Upham encourages gardeners to be patient. He says plants that may experience a gap in production will eventually start producing again.