May 27

This has been the most perplexing of springs and by all accounts we have seen some extreme meterologocial events.  First we  had  an extremely mild  winter’s end with some  80 degree days in March that  hastened springs arrival. All of us cynics (mostly my farming friends) knew this would set us up for failure and sure enough by mid May we were battered by heavy frosts with a morning low temp here of 23 degrees. We irrigated the strawberries  13 nights thus far and on that particular morning we were pretty convinced that our blueberry crop had been totally trashed. But despite the local  apple growers suffering almost complete loss, the blueberries survived and although there is  some measure of damage, its not the total loss we thought we would experience with that low of a temperature. The irony was is that everyones peach trees survived the cold temps and are  loaded with tiny peaches,when by all accounts they are less hardy than apples. The only explanation was that  the peaches bloomed so early that the were able to survive. Mother Nature certainly acts in mysterious ways…

Today we picked 32 quarts of strawberries. This is the earliest  ever, by 10 days, that we  have been able to pick measureable fruit. The extreme heat has forced them somewhat,mostly the ones that were grown on  black plastic. On the  other side of the heat  issue,we burned up some transplants in the field with the rowcovers. Three days of 95 degree weather in May is a little unheard of, and it has been tough keeping the  greenhouse flowers and  plants looking decent. At  95 degrees it’s pretty hard to  keep humans looking pretty decent. We were all dragging our sorry dehydrated butts around here and we are very greatful for the return of cooler days.

Buts its pretty dry,and we could use a some rain. That’s something I haven’t wished for after the last two summers…

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