I use raised beds and 50L pots. I live in Las Vegas, NV. I lost much of my grow (outdoor) season because of heat wave. I took out 90% of my crop and seed delivery was hampered by Covid. In southwest US, temps are still high at end of September. We are just getting down to 100F (37-38C). August topped out 47-48C (115-116F). It fried most of my babies. I take tree leaves (some whole, some ground), bananas, kitchen scraps for my mulch containers. I add coco, peat, perlite, and vermiculite to make a blend. I use ORGANIC fertilizer, Kelp powder, liquid kelp, calcium, magnesium additives. I use different fertilizers at different times for garden (specific to grow stage - NPK ) but just vegetable fertilizer (tomatoe actually) for my mulch, I use the same for tea. I mulch for an entire season. Worms just can’t make it here, too hot. I use leaves as a mulch cover to maintain moisture.
My current crop started near the end of August (week 3) so most of my plants are small. I am using autoflower at this time to get as much as I can out of this grow. There is no way to determine grow season here. Last year, no winter temps below 34F, so I actually had Acapulco Gold growing through winter. My issue becomes sunlight. I got plenty heat but short days mess things up. I never found anyone talking about daylight vs sunlight. This will be the time for me to learn. I went from indoor to outdoor. Indoor was too expensive, time consuming and required alot of attention. Outdoors, I plant, water when drooping and have a good soil base to feed them besides additives here and there.
Current crop includes - CBD red, CBD 30:1, GDPurp, cookies Gelato, White widow, Orange sherbet, Critical kush, Gorilla girl, Bubba kush, Sweet zombie and Wonder Woman (by far the biggest producer and she actually made it through the heat wave.
Any ideas for dealing with the high heat and shorter days to come? I will try to keep a few through the winter (average 45F low, 75F daytime). I apprecaite all insights, grow tips