Harvest Monday on the hottest day in LA history

Yesterday, September 27 2010, was the hottest day on record ever for Los Angeles, CA. The national weather service thermometer broke at 113. A friend in Long Beach said that it got up to 115 there.

Here in Huntington Beach, my rather inaccurate outdoor thermometer hit 100. By opening the house up at night and closing it during the daytime, we kept the indoor temps between 78 and 83, depending on which room we were in. We don’t have air conditioning, but we had a fan going. If I start to feel overheated, I take a gel pack out of the freezer and put it on my head, chest, tummy, legs and arms, rotating it around until my core cools off.

It was so hot that the green beans were already cooked when I picked them and our chickens laid boiled eggs. It’s supposed to be less hot today. Hope so, because there is a marine layer and the humidity is up. My plan is to stay out of the sun again today.

Here is our harvest for the past week ending Sunday Sept. 26, 2010. The harvest includes the first of our Brandywine tomatoes. Oh, my, they really are tasty. Even better than my Black Krims.


2 lbs 6.5 oz. Apples, Granny Smith

Subtotal Fruit 2 lbs 6.5 oz.


1 lb Green Beans, pole Blue Lake

10 lbs 12 oz. Tomatoes

Subtotal Vegetables 11 lbs 12 oz.

Total Produce 14 lbs 2.5 oz. plus 11 eggs

Visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others harvested last week.

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.
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11 Responses to Harvest Monday on the hottest day in LA history

  1. Angela Moll says:

    Oh, the heat! I am still hoping my newly planted fall greens and lettuce will make it. Otherwise, I’ll plant again. What a weird season, we’ve had the coldest summer and we are getting the hottest fall.

    Right now we are getting a southeastern breeze, up here on the mountain top, so I hope you got a nice marine layer cooling down your garden.


  2. Christina says:

    So hot yesterday it killed one of my chickens. Sigh.

    Oooh, I’m glad you’re getting a great crop of tomatoes!


  3. Oh dear, between your boiled eggs, and our broiled turkeys, I’m sorry I ever complained about how cold this summer has been. I could have guessed that summer would slide into the room, in it’s skivvies, announcing itself all at once. I’m officially melted. On the upside, 10+lbs of tomatoes is nothing to sneeze at!


  4. Shelley D. says:

    Your sense of humor is only surpassed by your beautiful, bountiful garden.


  5. Daphne Gould says:

    I can live without that kind of heat. I guess California has been so cold this year, Mother Nature decided to make up for it. I hope that doesn’t mean our winter will be colder than normal.


  6. thyme2garden says:

    Soft-boiled or hard-boiled? 🙂


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