A Late Spring in Southern Oregon

by updated 2011/05/14

This spring has been unusually wet and cold here in Southern Oregon.  It has not been so much of a change from normal that everyone has noticed, but for us gardeners, it has been big.  Usually by mid May I have planted a lot more than I have been able to this year.  The past week has seen several warm days, though, and I was hoping to plant the seeds of some warm season crops this weekend.  Unfortunately the forecast is for several days of cool, wet, weather.  What’s a gardener to do except be thankful he does not live in some of the cities and towns across America that are being flooded this spring.

If I don’t get the long growing, warm season crops like pumpkins and winter squash started by mid-May, I run the risk of having lots of unripened fruit when we get our first frost next fall.  If the big beefsteak type tomatoes don’t get transplanted out within the week, they will only have green tomatoes when the days get short and ripening stops.  This happened to me once a few years ago when I did not get them in the ground until the first week of June.  I do plant several varieties so I do have tomatoes, but the biggest ones need a long growing season to ripen.  It is hard for a gardener to have to pull up a tomato plant in the fall when that plant has not yet produced a red tomato and yet has tons of big, perfect looking, ones on it.

Here are a few photos of my garden as it looked this week.

Click a photo for a larger version gallery

Will Sig

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