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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
Kathy, perhaps you have the kind of raspberry that only fruit once a year.
Daniel, I look forward to learning how your kitchen garden produces. Here's a celebration of okra!
With the high temperatures over the past few years, and with lower than usual precipitation, the natural soils dry out. You may begin to see a difference in the rural landscape, Spud, or not.
What I observe is a dryer than normal forest, even conifers look stressed. If so, the beetle will come in and kill off the weakened forest. Fires follow.
I am going up to the L&L Paradise Acres (my name for Laura's & Larry's home) for the weekend. I will check with the lumbermen while there and learn what their assessment is.
The past 3 years has seen quite a few summer temperatures over 100, but not this year.
My temperatures are about average (87°). They were warmer than average in June, often getting to 100, but not in July or August so far.
Rainfall is way below average. June average is about 1.5 inch, but this year was 0.5 July average is 0.65, but this year was 0.1 August average is 0.59, but so far this year is 0.05
Daniel, is Vancouver, WA getting record temps? I can't even imagine 100 F there.
We have short spells of over 90F but mostly cool and partly cloudy. It is perfect weather. I hope it holds like this for a few years. Let's see what winter brings.
Sorry you have too much rain Kathy. I sometimes say I would like more rain here, but actually, I'm glad I live in a dry climate. Mainly because I hate a lot of bugs. I hate flies flying in front of my face all the time, mosquitoes biting me, slugs eating my garden, termites eating my house, and many others that come with moisture.
Yes, Kathy, my raspberries (red) fruit twice a year, unlike the black. And yes, I've noticed rains have hit southern Indiana and Kentucky, but not up here (Laf. area). Luck of the draw.
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