Our Pacific Northwest growing season this year

While headlines around the world are about the heat wave, we in the Pacific Northwest are still waiting for Summer.  This morning it was in the 40s and it is overcast at 10:00 am.  It might reach 70 today after it clears.  What this means is that our summer veggies: squash, tomatoes, pumpkin, cukes, sunflowers, peppers and eggplants aren’t happening.  Because we have a greenhouse, we are getting tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, but the limited pollination means that it isn’t actually a bounty.  Our governor has declared and emergency because the big farmers are expecting serious losses this year with the hay farmers possibly only getting two cuttings to their usual four.

On the bright side, it has been a great year for potatoes, brassicas (cabbage, kale, broccoli etc.) lettuce, peas and other cold loving plants.  I’m actually harvesting celery and celeriac.

Growing food is an art where intuition, knowledge, skill and luck play a big part in the overall success.


~ by Anuttama on July 21, 2010.

2 Responses to “Our Pacific Northwest growing season this year”

  1. Sorry to hear about the bad weather. We were hit with the worst hail storm ever in our little town here in the midwest. Hail shreds beans and beats everything to the point that the plants are to weak to produce healthy fruit. Fortunatly the taters are
    ok and carrots…Stay well out there and in touch

  2. I’m still clinging to hopes of getting a good winter garden in. Out of eight tomato plants, there are perhaps six tomatoes that look like they might actually ripen…and a loose chicken got a hold of one!

    We’ve lucked out and found a local grass hay guy with whom we are delighted, and we hope to get back stocked on hay before he runs out. Still looking for a reasonable source for a good legume hay, though.

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