I know, I know, everyone is sick of hearing about the heat and the drought. But since there is nothing I can do to control the weather, I have to do something, and that is complain. And you're still here listening and rolling your eyes.
Anyhow, back to the frost dates.
Cabbage, pumpkins, acorn squash and butternut squash have a 75-90 day harvest from planting. So technically I'm only a few days late. I'll have to wait a few more weeks to plant the cucumbers, carrots and peas as I'm positive that the heat will kill the newly emerged seedlings as soon as they poke their green, succulent heads out of the ground into the scorching, bone-dry heat. I'm not even sure if the squashes and cabbages will survive temperatures rivaling those on the surface of Mercury.
But I'm going to plant them anyways. My summer garden was / is pathetic so I've got to make up for it somehow. And hopefully we'll get some relief from the heat and maybe, dare I hope, even some rain. I'm going to use the suggestion you guys made and mulch the heck out of them and maybe it will give the plants a fighting chance.