Where’s the sun? (a rant about the weather…)

19 07 2008

Here in Anchorage the topic on everyone’s mind lately has been the crummy weather.  It’s been raining and cloudy a lot lately.  I think there have been only two days this summer that the temperature hit 70.  Mainly, it’s been in the low 60’s, high 50’s.  I guess I should have known that it would be a cold summer when it snowed more than a foot on April 25.  Not that I’m complaining, mind you.  I would take 60’s over 90’s any day.  I’m just a little bummed that I can’t have the garden I always envisioned.  And there’s something inherently wrong with seeing your breath in the middle of July.

The fireweed is blooming already- usually a sure sign that summer is coming to an end.  And not much except the broccoli and cabbage has grown any significant amount yet.  Oh, I take that back, the potatoes have grown, but I’ve run out of loose dirt and extra tires to pile on them.  I’m thinking of buying a few tires from the Salvation Army ($4.25 with our military discount) and maybe digging up part of our yard so I won’t have to buy dirt at $7 a bag.  I imagine I would need at least four.  Planting potatoes in tires is such an ingenious idea, I just had more seed potatoes to plant than tires collected.

Ah, well, that’s what garden journals are for- so you remember next year what did or didn’t work!

Wishing you better weather!