crop losses

Keep cool y’all

 

Mother Nature is so amazing. I mean truly, could this growing season be any more unpredictable?

We have already hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit as a day time high temperature for this month.

May’s rainfall total for the entire MONTH = 1.42 inches (plants need an inch of water a WEEK for proper growth and for seed germination).

Dead lettuce transplant

Dead lettuce transplant

The humidity is enough to need hourly showers.

Crazy stuff.

This season, we are experiencing the hot, dry summer event. At least so far. The bad news is, that some of our cooler season crops were lost to these conditions (head lettuces, bolting greens, spinach). Weed pressure is pretty high. AND it is REALLY hard to work outside in this types of weather. It is important to keep cool and hydrated, y’all!

Our Wonder Dog pool

Our Wonder Dog pool

The good news is that (hopefully) the summer main crops will excel this year. Things like tomatoes, beans, squashes, corn, cukes and so on and so forth should be quite productive.

Aaaaah, wouldn’t we love to finally have a successful tomato season and a year off from blight?!!!

So hang tight…it’s going to be interesting in the garden this year. Stay tuned for updates of weekly harvests on our Facebook page.

For now, keep the liquids nearby and be sure to take an occasional break in the action to cool it!

Gratuitous sunset

Gratuitous sunset

 

More fungus or Later Mater

Bad news for us and any tomato lovers out there…well, at least it is a set back. We have blight forming. At least on two out of the 9 varieties planted. No huge surprise given the amount of rain and cool temps we’ve had these days. Here is what it this fungus looks like:

Blight

Blight

Fungus under leaves

Fungus under leaves

What this fungus among us means – nothing right now. The fruits COULD still be ok. But…we could lose the harvest from the affected plants. Two years in a row now…getting tough to grow field tomatoes.