The weather here has been changing a lot lately and it seems that spring cannot pick between temperatures in the eighties or the sixties.
The last storm that blew through brought this limb down from the Old Man that you can see in the background. We finally cut this up but it was sad to see such a large part become lost to us. Temperatures are once more back down around sixty-five but I believe all the extreme conditions are slowing down the garden growth all over the farm.
This season’s crop of tomatoes have had a hard life so far. After a month of growing inside under lights, I moved them out into the greenhouse as normal. Then, just as they grew close to being ready for hardening off and their migration to the gardens, I had a near ruinous day. While gone, the flap on the front of the greenhouse had blown closed and temperatures inside soared over a hundred degrees. Most of the tomatoes were cooked by the time I got home. A few dozen were fine since they were on lower shelves but the majority were badly hurt. It was only after nursing them along for another three weeks was i able to prepare them for the big move. Here they are today, nearly all staked up.
The first round of many of the greens are now going to seed which is a phase of growth that I look forward too. I enjoy the process of harvesting seed, sorting it out and storing it for the next year. There seems to be something special about a room stuffed with drying herbs, bags of seeds, and stored onions and other harvests.
Of the chores that I had set for myself, many of these had to be pushed back due to the sudden need for some drainage work. As usual, my exploration turned into a full blown project that I now have been nursing all week.
More planting to come as the rains let up.