Monday May 14th 2018Tim
temperature for the month of May here is 77 Fahrenheit.
Average low for May is 54 Fahrenheit. These are ideal
conditions for pretty much anything that grows in a
vegetable garden and they are perfect for gardener's own
sense of being as he goes about his important business.
But, the first weeks of May in the year 2018 have been
running a good 10 degrees Fahrenheit above average. The
cooler weather plants, like Lettuce and Cabbage,
particularly those in full sun, are endeavoring to be
brave but will crack sometime very soon, they'll bolt or
apparently just develop peculiar little colorful halos,
turn into angels and wither away. This morning at around
11.30 am, or 10.30 sensible time, your gardener withered
quickly and he bolted for the indoors.
fairly pathetic sight, kind of like deserting his post,
running away to hide. The Tomato didn't care, as long as
they get their evening water. Uncle Eggplant remained
stoic. With Peppers you never know, hot weather or not
they're like deep blue Mercedes Liberals, always on the
verge of sulking about something. But there'll
definitely be a white feather or two in the mail from
the Victorian Snap Peas, most of whom have incredibly
brave, if distant, relatives in the Hussars. More
ominous there's a patch of Foxgloves that lost their
shade to a sudden and terminal sootiness in a Redbud.
Pretty certain they blame me. And well worth noting,
seeing halos around objects are amongst the symptoms of
Foxglove poisoning, so sometimes it's not all about the