It is a beautiful morning here. Blue sky, enjoyable warm; a good summer day. But, check this out, something is wrong here isn’t it? I mean it is July 11th, its mid summer and tonight the temperature has been forecasted to go down to 4 degrees Celsius. Yep that is very close to freezing.
One more time for the Americans, its cold, isn’t it?
Well, that is not all, there is also a severe thunderstorm watch. I am not sure how many times we have had hail this year already, not that many, but you can tell by looking at our garden, there was hail. Praying and hoping it does not get wild today. Our weather is greatly influenced by elevation (approximately 1,048 m (3,438 ft)) and proximity to the Rocky Mountains.
How do we prepare for such weather changes?
We plant mostly plants that do not mind it a bit cooler, we have a greenhouse and we pray for mercy. I might cover the few warm weather crops that are growing outside the greenhouse. I am sure corn and zucchini will appreciate it.
Is there any advantage of cooler summer?
Sure there is. Its pleasantly warm during the day and comfortable cool for sleeping at night. Its green, and we can grow salads all summer long. Most bugs do not like it that cold, so we do not have to deal with them in the garden. It never gets boring, there is a saying, if you do not like the weather, wait 15 minutes, it will change. In fact just while I am writing this, the forecast has changed, it supposed to be 2 degrees warmer tonight, oh boy I hope we will not be sweating ;).
If you just got the impression that we would not be able to grow anything here, check this out: Gardening at a friend’s farm.
Yes, we do grow and have abundance and are thanking God for it!