July showers

Ted’s musings on the weather:

I heard on NBC News last week that, so far, this has been the coldest July in more than 100 years of recordkeeping. We haven’t had a 90 degree day since April! Temperatures since June 1st, when we had our last frost, have averaged a full 10 degrees below normal, and night time temperatures have been in the low 50s. Early last week, overnight temperatures nearly set another record low. But then, late in the week, nearly a month late, summer arrived. Let’s hope it stays for awhile. Corn, tomatoes, squashes, beans, peppers and eggplants – all crops that need warm temperatures – are maturing slowly, and will be as late to come as summer has been. In the meantime, it’s more roots and greens and early alliums.

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