A Late Spring in Southern Oregon


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.

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1 Binky

It’s been quite wet and cool around Southern Ontario, too.

You must be quite ambitious. That size of a garden could feed a small army! And it must take quite a lot of work. What are those water-filled enclosures around the plants for? To protect against frost?
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2 Will

That’s funny Binky – That is just one of my vegetable gardens. I have another the same size on the other side of the house. Plus tons of other trees and landscaping.

Those are called “Walls of Water”. They absorb the warmth during the day and moderate the temp around the plants at night. So they do protect against frost, but also just give a more protected environment and warmer soil for warm season crops. I take them off in early June, usually.


3 Binky

You must be more of a farmer, than a gardener!
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4 Tony McGurk

My garedn is pretty well finished now. I still am getting capsicums on the bush & potatoes, carrots & parsnips that are storing nicely still in the ground but that’s about it as winter fast approaches.


5 Will

Capsicums, I am guessing are peppers? They last a while for me too. They take a while to start but once they come on I have a lot. Just before the first frost, I will pick a bunch and chop them in the food processor. Then freeze them for use through the winter.


6 Tony McGurk

Yep, I think you’s call them Bell Peppers. we chop & freeze too. Great for soups, stews, bolognaise etc.


7 Rick

It’s looking to be another cold and wet spring for us again. Already affecting my gardening plans too. I’ve been thinking about getting a greenhouse for that reason.
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