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July 3rd, 2013

Too much rain …

linda_tn … and more in the forecast. When you grow food for a living and the weather is this bad, it sort of throws you.

We had so much spring rain here in Ontario that many things struggled, although it is a little better now. I have had to re-seed lots of crops that succumbed.

Among the varieties I’m trialing for Organic Gardening, the tomatoes, peppers, basil, ground cherries, zinnias, brassicas, and beans are okay. The okra and sweet corn are struggling, and the carrots got washed out. I have had lots of pest problems, particularly flea beetles and leaf miners, but I can’t figure out where the cucumber beetles and squash bugs are. Happy days! All the melons and squash are good too.

The weird weather this year is really making me rethink how I run my business. My CSA started up 3 weeks ago, but some things that should be in the shares now, like beets and spinach, succumbed. The extremes have been too extreme: hot and dry, then cold and wet, then hot and wet. Crops in my hoop houses are thriving—maybe in the future I need to take greater advantage of these spaces where the extremes of weather aren’t as big an issue. It’s a drag to work hard and see things go belly-up. I’m sure you know what I mean.  —Linda Crago, Wellandport, Ontario

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