Jal, we had a record cold April here . . . So far, the warmest afternoon has been all of 63Ã‚Â°F!
Nothing is tragically behind
in the usual scheme of things. I have to count on a warm June. The lack of light in the greenhouse for the tomatoes etc. has been the biggest problem. S t r e t c h i n g . . .
I grow mostly cherry tomatoes. Sungold ripens early (some have flowers now but those will be removed at transplanting into the garden). Bloody Butcher is a really early tomato with plenty of flavor. For a slicer, the climate been able to ripen Big Beef for many years.
I once gardened at several hundred feet higher elevation and several decades ago. The only tomato that seemed to ripen for me was Sub Arctic. (The sweet corn that I grew was Polar Vee. So, you see what I was up against
.) We didn't have all these choices of varieties back then. I was there when Early Girl came out and wondered if it would work for me. Probably would have but I moved to a lower elevation. That took some of the pressure off.
The wide 24-hour temperature swings is part of what makes higher-altitude growing difficult. Here, overcast skies in the early season can . . . drive a gardener around the bend!
Always something, no matter where we might find ourselves, I suppose.
We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks