Summer is coming to a close, for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and yet I still feel as if I am waiting for summer to start. This summer has been irregular, the best word I can come up with. I only needed to use my fan twice and never did we have those hot muggy days where you get out of the shower and can’t seem to get dry. The nights have been cold, often hovering between the 40s and low 50s. It used to be that the minute June came around the windows were all open, day and night, except when it rained too hard. This year people have put their heat on and most windows need to be closed more often than not.
The rain has been both a treat and a pest. When I get sick of near constant rain I just remind myself that my organic garden is truly organic as I don’t have to water it with tap water from the hose. To make this summer stand out, we’ve had so much rain that the garden never once needed watering.
Some plants suffered in the rain. The pumpkins got too wet and developed powdery mildew which I couldn’t control. The blue hydrangea I was so excited to find to place in the Little Cove died from too much water and is only now coming back. And it didn’t stay blue for those of you who were wondering.
The flowers just started to bloom in the gardens so we went all summer without color which was depressing but at least some finally bloomed many did not from too much rain.
There is one publication I normally purchase each year, the Farmer’s Almanac. Even before I had the garden I liked knowing what the weather would be like. This particular publication is extremely accurate, better than the local news, and helped me for years to plan which mornings I would need to get up early to shovel before work, yes it was that accurate. I even use the almanac to plan when to plant my garden. I wait for a day they call for rain and put my seeds and plants in that day then wait for the rain to do my watering for me to save both time and water usage.
I purchased the 2014 almanac and it was as accurate as could be. It forecast the bitter cold we had last winter, it even forecast the rains we received in the spring and summer. I saw the 2015 almanac at the store and decided not to buy one this year. There is something to be said for not knowing bad news is coming before it arrives and for me extreme cold winter is the worst of bad news, that is after knowing those I love are healthy and safe.
But thanks to the internet I couldn’t resist clicking on a link about the farmer’s almanac’s upcoming year’s forecast when I saw it. If you are curious, and live in the US, you may want to click this link and see what is predicted for you.
I’m all for planning ahead. Having warm clothes ready, when I had a car keeping emergency items properly stored. I like to plan for meals that can be reheated on those days I’m not in the mood to cook too. But I’m beginning to think I should plan for the worst and hope for the best when it comes to the weather.
How was your summer? Do you like to know what the weather will be or do you prefer to plan for the worst and hope for the best?