Hi everyone! I am currently living in the United Arab Emirates. It is essentially the desert, and the summer is rapidly approaching (even though it is only April). The temperatures are now getting up to 100-105 degrees (the hottest time of day is at 4pm, and I get afternoon sun). I have a balcony, and I have been trying to grow some vegetables on my balcony.
I have not been too successful with certain aspects of growing vegetables over here. The seasons (as I am familiar with them in Penna.) are a bit accelerated here. I have a fig tree, eggplants, tomato, mint, strawberry and a lime tree (small limes).
-The fig is fine, some leaves have dropped (probably from the 'winter') but there is no fruit.
-The strawberry is brand new and seems to require a lot of water.
-The lime tree is very slow moving on producing fruit.
-The eggplants are new as well, but they seem to be losing a little color from when I got them a week ago.
-The mint is basically fine.
-The tomato has been my biggest concern. Its leaves are starting to yellow and curl...they have plenty of water, and are in the sun a lot but I am thinking it may even be too hot for the tomatoes.
**Overall, things aren't horrible, but they aren't great. On top of the veggie concerns, I am wondering:
-is the sun too intense?
-is planting the veggies in potting soil bad for drainage?
-do I need more sun, less sun, more shade, plants inside, etc.?
-temps up to 105 by 4 pm for the next month (April)
-temps up to 125 by 4pm May to August
-hard water (I do have cool water)
-afternoon sun hits the balcony (6 hours maximum)
-I can make shade, if need be
-plants are in various sized pots with potting soil or sandy soil
-my balcony is off the living room (with big tinted windows), so I can provide some filtered air-conditioned sunlight inside
I do have some plant food I brought from the states. It is 'Jack's Classic' Acid Special 17-6-6 with micronutrients (for acid loving plants). Now, growing up in the Penna. woods, I am not used to using a lot of plant food....things just grow.
-What can I do to help these babies grow and produce fruit/veggies?
-Should I use the plant food for any of these plants?
-Is the potting soil okay, or should I change it out/alter it in any way?
-What are your opinions on the extreme heat?
Thank you, thank you, thank you