Around the middle of August the fierce summer-long heat wave (90s and up) returned to normal 80s. While we've had the occasional hot day since then, it's been MUCH nicer to play in the gardens for the past 7 weeks.
We've even gotten more rain which kept the barrel full and at-the-ready for watering.
There wasn't much to water - the veg bed bit the dust (literally) quite early with little harvest to show for all that effort.
But that was a short ride. We usually don't have to worry about frost until 10/18. Not this year. Ma Nature played another wild card.
It's only 28F this morning -- everything is not just frosted, but frozen!!
And this isn't just a one-time thing. We're forecasted for the same nighttime temps on and off all week.
Yep. Shortest season ever for as far as I'm concerned it was only 7 good weeks (mid-August to this morning).
So much effort this year. So little to show for it. Now it's all about shutting down and cleaning up now that the elephants (heat, drought, deer, early freeze) have trampled through the gardens. *sigh* Ah well, time to start the annual chant: "...NEXT year.... NEXT year... NEXT year." *heh*
Oh, and on another fun note - check out the long-range forecast for 2012-2013 winter. Time to lay in more firewood, I'm thinking.
Got all YOUR harvest in?