3 August 2014, by gj
Here and in many other places in the northern U. S. the weather has been unseasonably cold.
People have mentioned the now dreaded term Polar Vortex, though technically that isn’t what is happening.
Still, we have yet to see temperatures hit 90F, and for some of the veggies growing, this is confusing.
The hardest hit are the real heat lovers like sweet potatoes, and the cold weather crops like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.
The sweet potatoes thrive in the heat, and with the cooler temperatures they are growing, but slowly.
Fortunately they are in a bed that can be turned into a high tunnel and the season extended.
The coles are just sitting there. Normally by this time of year they would have either been harvested, or if it was a very hot summer, bolted.
But neither has taken place; they are healthy plants, but confused at the same time.
It isn’t hot enough to make them bolt, and it isn’t cool enough to make them produce heads.
It is going to be really interesting to see what happens in the fall, we’ll get back to you on that.