It’s been the coolest August that we can remember. Nippy (foggy) mornings, cool evening and pleasant days. It’s August right? Just checking to see if we are the same calendar as everyone else.
Has the weather been wacky where you are?
I wonder, does this mean we’ll have a hotter than normal fall? The poor summer crops haven’t a clue what season it is. Not only are they clueless but the pest are out in force this season – spider mites, harlequin bugs, mildew.
The crop mostly effected this summer growing season was the tomatoes. Not only ours but seems everyones tomatoes were just off. Sure, we harvested and are harvesting tomatoes but not in the amount that we normally harvest (almost 1,000 lbs) Justin says we’ll be lucky if we get 1/2 that this year. What’s bad for some is good weather for others. The avocado and figs are producing like gangbusters.
We are gambling that temperature will warm up a bit in fall for another round of warm weather crops before we turn over the garden into cooler weather rotation. So we are out there planting another go around of tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash and peppers. August is the last planting month for most of the summer crops, come September it’s salad greens, pea, broccoli and cabbage time.
A slew of preservation continues to manage the onslaught of the summer harvest. Our cabinets are certainly filling up with surplus – food security for the long winter!
How’s your growing and preservation efforts coming along?