For each of you participating in our CSA who are clueless as to how and when veggies grow, there are two more of you who are former gardeners who are very well aware of just how unprecedented this cool, wet weather is for Illinois.
During a recent Garden Maiden program, I reminded first time gardeners not to judge themselves on results in the garden this season. In fact, don’t even keep track of what is going on our there, because most of it will be chalked up in the record books to a phenomenon that (hopefully) will not occur again for fifty years.
Illinois State Climatologist website reports “statewide average precipitation for June 2015 in Illinois as 9.53 inches, based on available data through June 30. That is 5.33 inches above the average June precipitation, and the wettest June on record for Illinois.” with the nearest contender back in 1902 at 8.27 inches
So, I am sharing this with you today because we are most certainly off track in our fall planting cycle since we have not been able to set foot in our fields for three weeks. Weeds are excessive, though a family rescue day over the holiday cleared several of the beds that had been invaded by crabgrass. Some tender loving care to saturated melons and eggplants seems to be helping their recovery. Carrots, our second round of turnips, our snap peas, all a total loss.
The great news is that we have many our fields clear and can get to planting more carrots, cucumbers and peas. Planned late July planting of cauliflower, broccoli, daikon, fall lettuce, red cabbage and so much more are right on schedule for our fall shares. Potatoes are loving this cold, so expect plenty in your shares in a few week! Jury is still out on our acorn squash, butternut squash, watermelon and cantaloupe that are full season growers and do not have time to be replanted.
I’d like to personally thank each person who has helped soften the blow of this extreme weather. Not only clean up and restoring the beds, but for distracting me on rainy days and keeping our spirits high with encouragement and moving forward.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!