Relative Frigidity

This has been an unseasonably cool and wet year here in central Pennsylvania. Unexpectedly late frosts killed many people’s attempts to plant warm-weather vegetables, low night temperatures have held back the development of our tomatoes and melons, and at a time of year when we’re normally sweltering in great discomfort the weather is clement.

Not that the last part is a problem. But it’s very unsettling.

The damp, cool air is creating perfect conditions for late blight to spread throughout the community garden’s crops of tomatoes and potatoes. Plus, it’s encouraging the spread of mildew which is crippling my cymling squash and making my lavender bergamot rather unsightly.

The garden is still beautiful, though.

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