Let’s take a break from seed crop planning to talk about the weather.
Farmers love to complain about the weather. And after last year’s hot dry spring, it’s easy to complain about this year’s wet and cold.
The difference between the two springs was blatant when I compared pictures from 2011 and 2010.
April 11 or so – FIELD TUNNEL BRASSICAS
April 29 – BRASSICAS IN THE FIELD
April 29 – ASPARAGUS
April 29 – RHUBARB
April 29 – GARLIC
HOW LATE IS THIS YEAR?
My guess is that all these biennials and perennials are 7 to 10 days later than in 2010. BUT spring 2010 was very early, which makes these plants right on schedule for 2011.
What makes spring 2011 feel so late is the continuous rain since mid-April. The ground just isn’t drying up. We did manage to squeeze two days of ground prep and planting this weekend but it has since resumed pouring.
How is the weather in your neighborhoods?