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A Shift In Growing Seasons

Lisa KLisa K Posts: 563 ✭✭✭✭✭

After a discussion with @VermontCathy about starting my summer seeds in August and a conversation with a friend that lives in OH I decided to start a new post to see if anyone else is experience a shift in seasons (in So. Calif it is about 2 months) and is that changing when and how you are gardening? 


  • VermontCathyVermontCathy Posts: 543 ✭✭✭✭

    The gardening season here in Vermont has been running about 2 weeks behind the normal average. Winter was a bit late letting go, but it was within typical variation.

    The summer has been dryer than usual, despite getting an inch and a half when Tropical storm Isaias swept through. It has also been hot, with many days above 80F. Again, this is not far from the monthly average highs which are in the upper 70s for this area.

    It's very important for all gardeners to remember that all those last frost date, first frost date, winter lows, average monthly highs, average rainfall per month, etc. are just averages.

    Furthermore, there is evidence in historical weather data showing that the 20th century was unusually mild compared with previous centuries. We all need to plan resilient gardens that can survive and produce in spite of unexpected, unpredictable weather variability.

  • Lisa KLisa K Posts: 563 ✭✭✭✭✭

    To me there are many issues with the seasons shifting but one that was very obvious this weekend. I have a deciduous tree in my back yard which I have put many partial-shade loving plants under and the weather may have changed but the days getting shorter has not so my tree has started to shed its leaves which means more sunlight is hitting the partial-shade plants.

    This weekend we had (and still having) a major heat-wave and it was reported that yesterday my city hit 101 degrees which is unheard of! So right now my gardening strategy is to just keep what I can alive until this passes, I am doing that by watering more and when I can get near the plants (the bees have not been happy lately) I am trying to put up shade-cloth. 

  • dipat2005dipat2005 Posts: 357 ✭✭✭

    We had a drier summer than usual. In August it was HOT and dry and even where I live in Oregon it will be HOTTER in September. Usually by now there is much less heat starting in the 80's and down. We are in the 90's and close to 100 degrees. I am keeping plenty of water on the plants. I decided to just let the kale and spinach keep growing.

  • GroundedGrounded Posts: 154 ✭✭✭

    We had a hot summer, but up until the last 3 weeks or so, we had some rain every couple of days. Some of the other gardeners at the community garden plots have said we are about one month behind this year. The trees are beginning to lose their leaves on schedule though. The weather is beginning to cool, and along with it some much needed rain. Rather than a shift, we might be just getting a shorter season this year. It seems odd to say that with the higher than normal temperatures, but while the days have been warmer, the nights are still cooler.

    I have an app on my phone for the weather and with it I loosely keep track of several cities/areas. This summer we were warmer than many areas of Florida and Mexico during the day, but we were still much cooler at night, by about 10-15 degrees on average. I don't know if that is normal or not I have not been following this long enough to form any real opinion.

    This year I supplemented my garden with quite a bit of bought garden soil mix and topped off the plant beds with a couple inches of compost/mulch mix and, for the most part, my garden has been pretty resilient.

    I too feel that the winters in our area have been milder and the summers a bit warmer. It has been the spring and fall that have been more unpredictable.

  • VermontCathyVermontCathy Posts: 543 ✭✭✭✭

    We had a late start to season in New England, but we seem to be pretty much on the normal track now. The worst of the summer heat broke in early September, and I expect first frost will be the third or fourth week of September.


    We had a HOT summer! I am looking forward to cooler fall days!

  • erikawintertonerikawinterton Posts: 98 ✭✭✭

    In utah. We had an extremely hot summer hitting more triple figure days, than I can ever recall. Many fires add to this craziness. We also had a couple freak storms come through. One was classified as a deracho. Which passed all the way from southern Utah to Southern idaho. It was a nasty storm.

    Just last night we had snow fall, and it stuck to the ground. This typically doesn't happen until late October early November.

  • Lisa KLisa K Posts: 563 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I just check the 10-day forecast for my zip code and it is a little better than originally thought, instead of mid to high 80's the next 10 days will be high 70's to low-mid 80's. I may not lose as many plants as first feared, yea!

  • It is currently 61 degrees, what my daughter calls "hoodie" weather. We don't typically see temps this low in the evenings until late Sept. or Oct. The summer was hot and very dry but this last week we have had 8+ inches of rain and it is raining again now. The cracks in my yard from last year's drought had not fully healed so there were some significant, break your ankle if you're not looking, cracks. I literally could not see the bottom on some of them (we have heavy dark clay). With the temps tonight I'm wondering if we will have an early winter. I'll have to start thinking about ways I can protects some of my plants if we do.

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