Posts Tagged ‘cooler’

Tis’ a Wet Spring

It has been a cooler and wetter spring this year than normal. The average temperature for today in Albany is 72F. the high was 60F. This has been typical this spring.

Upside

There have been advantages to this cool weather. I can still pull the wild onions that litter my perennial beds out by hand. The mostly come out whole. By this time of year they usually snap off because the ground is too dry. Other weeds also pull out more easily except of course dandelions which manage to cling to the soil no matter what the condition.

I did have to water the lawn and veggies for the first week or of June so but for the past four days the rain has done that for me. Rain provides a better soaking than irrigation does and there is something about rain water that promotes growth better than city water. In part it may be the chlorine and fluoride that come with city water.

My cool loving lettuce loves this weather. No threat of bolting in this cool cloudy weather.

Downside

Weeds also love this weather. Weed seeds that might not sprout at this point are and growing weeds are thriving. I continue to battle them (pull them) but cannot keep up with the entire yard.

My sun loving plants, especially the tomatoes, do not love this weather. Their growth is slowed and setting fruit is not happening as yet.

There are fewer insects around, especially bees, which means less pollination. On the other hand the water sitting about in puddles and containers will produce more mosquitoes.

It is likely that later this month or for sure in July the heat will return and things will return more to normal. That is my expectation anyway. I am not complaining. Cool or hot each condition has its advantages and disadvantages. For now anyway the garden looks happy and all is well.

Happy Gardening,

Dan Murphy

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Autumn’s Advance

Autumn, from the Latin autumnus, possibly of Etruscan origin. [autumn. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc.http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/autumn (accessed: September 07, 2014).]

The English word autumn came to us from the middle French word automne which of course came from the Latin autumnus. The British today use the term autumn more and the Americans use fall more. Fall by the way came from “fall of the year” or “fall of the leaf”, sources on this are not very certain.

I must confess I’ve always preferred the word autumn. It sounds very New England to me and reminds me of classic paintings of New England autumns with leaf piles and all that.

It is now still two weeks away from the official beginning of autumn or fall. Mother Nature however rarely follows the calendar. Though our days remain hot here (80s and 90s F.) nights are getting much cooler. It dropped to 47 F one night last week. More noticeable is the dampness. The dry nights are over. My pick up truck is covered with moisture when I get up in the morning. Dew is heavy.

The leaves are slowly starting to fall as well. The neighbor’s sweet gum tree is dumping a few every day now – small yellow leaves, formerly green, that are scattered around my front yard and will soon mean the first of many rakings for the season.

Dusk is now just before 8:00 PM and the morning light is closer to 6:00 AM. The days continue to shorten on their march toward the shortest day, December 21.

In the garden things are beginning already to fade. The basil is exhausted and I will soon have to pull it out and dry it. The peppers want another good month of heat they are not likely to get so as usual my pepper harvest will be disappointing to non-existent.

Tomatoes are happy and giving continuously ripening fruit but the leaves are showing the age of the plant. They are anticipating fall and the first deadly frost.

I must admit that autumn is my favorite season. I love the colors, the cool crispness of morning, the harvests, and all the other good things about this time. I also welcome the relief from the heat.

Next week I will talk about the winter plans for the vegetable garden. See you then, and enjoy the changing season.