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.