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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Not normal

The weather here is just not normal for this time of year. In Kentucky in August we are supposed to have hot humid weather. That's why we call them the "dog days" of summer. The forecast for the rest of the week and weekend are well below normal for here. Temps to be in the mid to upper 70's. That's cool as compared to last week. I think we are surely bound for an early fall and bad winter. At the same time hoping I am wrong.
The garden thinks fall has arrived and its time to make seed and reproduce, with the cooler temps and cloudy days. So that is going to make the harvest even shorter. Our garden is about done anyway but there are a few folks that got a late start. And sadly may not see a harvest at all.
Now is the time to start planning for new beds for all the stuff I dream of planting. Things to expand, new stuff to try and tinker with a few new methods as well. If farming and gardening is in your blood like it is mine, then as soon as one garden is done you have pen in hand planning the next one. These days you don't have to wait till winter to get seed catalogs in the mail, you can find all them online. Then place your order and wait with anticipation like a kid at Christmas time till that package arrives in the spring. And the enthusiasm returns to get out and dig in the dirt. Till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.



Chris W said...

Its been the same here in Ohio, unusually cool and wet. We actually had a few nights when the furnace kicked on, and the thermostat was on 60! Most of the garden has done ok, but the corn barely reached 5 1/2 feet, and we STILL haven't gotten a single ripe tomato other than some romas. There's around 20 plants out there, hanging full of giant green tomatos. Now it's rained for the past 3 days. I'm bettin' most are gonna split before they ripen. UGH!

We'll start planning next years garden soon too. I plot the whole thing out on paper, down to each and every square foot. Next year will be even a bit more since I'm expanding it....can't wait to start laying it out!

Anonymous said...

Hey Chris, hope all is well in your neck of the woods. THis year my garden has been embarrassing to say the least. Dang we planted an acre and I wont even be able to save seed from some of the heirloom varieties that we raise.The plants actually matured early and jus didnt get enough size to produce. Thank heavens I canned about 600 jars of stuff last year so we have plenty left.