This is not what I wanted to see happening this late in the year!
This is not good on several levels.
First, there are fertile eggs in transit that should be arriving tomorrow so I can only hope they’ll be warm enough tonight. Second . . the garden and fruit trees will be damaged. We already lost the fruit crop on almost everything due to the late freezes when the trees were blooming but we do have small peaches and crab apples on the trees and we will lose those tonight. We have 40 mph wind gusts so covering the trees is impossible with this much wind.
In the garden, we have peppers, strawberries and potatoes blooming.
It’s a reminder that no matter how good (or bad) I am as a gardener, we’re at the mercy of the weather and elements. If it isn’t the drought or grasshoppers, it’s a late freeze. I never forget that gardening for me is a hobby. For my grandparents and those before them, feeding their families was dependent on having a successful garden. I’m disappointed and frustrated but by the end of the week, I’ll replant everything except potatoes . . it’s too late to start over with them. I’m thankful I’m physically able to get out there and do the work again, and thankful we live in a day when plants and seeds are available to purchase and that we can afford to buy them.
The old timers around here tell us that when the mesquite trees puts on leaves, then it’s safe to plant your garden. Not true this year! Can I ever trust the mesquite trees again? 🙂