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Saturday, October 10, 2009
As We Wait for Autumn's Forgiving Sun
It has been as hot as summer in Florida this week. We enjoyed a refreshing cool down a few weeks ago but it only lasted a short few days and we are right back where we started about 5 months ago with very humid, warm weather.
Usually by October we can count on the softer angle of the sun to keep us at least a little cooler. ... in the evenings and mornings anyway. Only this week we have steadily seen temps of over 90 degrees. That means it is still very warm in the overnights. That means the soil temps in the veggie garden are not cooling down enough for the veggies to be satisfied.
It all makes for such fun trying to figure it all out! We wait as long as we can to get the seeds started in soil we know is too hot for good growing conditions. Certainly we will get relief soon, we think, as we chance the timing for cooler nights and yet plan for a harvest to arrive before the possibility of a quirky frost.
It's all a guess even with the best charts and planning data. Looking toward when once we experience a little less humidity and a bit of consistency in a cool down the veggies will take off in a growth spurt happily and gleefully welcoming the autumn season.
In the meantime, some random photos taken this week at Hoe and Shovel will keep us occupied.
... of blooms and foliage and gardens growing like mad as if the summer will never come to an end.
There are projects in the works and just good ole maintenance that keeps us outside at least part of the day most days, if not, all day. When you garden in Florida you just learn to keep gardening even when the weather would say to most to run for cooler cover.
We are grateful for the shady garden in this kind of intense heat and prolonged summer stretch. There is a slight variance and relief in temperature (not humidity) offered by the arching branches.
Gardening under the canopy of oaks is a welcomed and saving grace to full sun gardening.
The southerly shift of the sun makes our days a little shorter even down here closer to the equator. And oh, how we adore the shadows that fall a little longer teasing us with thoughts and wonderings of changing seasons.
It's been a long, long summer and we are more than ready for a transition.
As sultry as this kind of climate can be, I'd still much rather be outdoors enjoying the peaceful calm my garden affords my soul than indoors.
Here's to a shift in the season soon. In just a short couple of months, maybe sooner, we will be in a winter paradise. In the meantime, we'll happily garden while we wait for Florida to catch up with the calendar.
Have a happy weekend to each and every one no matter where it is you garden!