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8/18/09 11:24 A

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I just heard on the radio this morning that some parts of the world are having record heat waves. Considering that most of the produce available in grocery stores (around here, at least!), comes from halfway around the world, maybe there won't be as much impact on prices as one might think.

I stock up all summer anyway. I have a couple of gallons of blueberries in the freezer along with several quarts of green beans, about a dozen ears of corn, and some peaches. I don't have a stand-alone freezer, so the freezer in my side-by-side is just about at max capacity. Time to start making jelly and canning. We have been doing a lot of painting in the house and right now we have the kitchen all torn up, pulling down old wallpaper. I need to get my kitchen back so I can get the canning underway!

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8/18/09 9:49 A

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I can this really effecting grocery prices...better stock up now.

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8/18/09 9:28 A

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We talked to our aunt who always has an amazing garden in eastern KY. She says no one there has had much this year due to rain and cool temps. and if she can't be successful, no one can!

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8/18/09 9:19 A

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MI is having record lows this year. The Detroit papers had the headline "The Summer That Hot Forgot." It's the coolest summer since the mid to late 1800's!

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8/17/09 7:53 A

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This is my first summer in Tennessee so I have nothing to compare to, but it seems normal to me. The only things that came on late were my fault, the tomatoes and peppers. I started the seeds inside too late and then kept them out of the garden til I thought they were big enough, which was very late. Then due to their smaller size, the peppers got attacked by everything that came thru

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8/17/09 7:38 A

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I've still been getting Brussels sprouts, and I still have a ton of green tomatoes on the vine, but once the weather turned cooler again, they stopped ripening again. I have 3 in the window sill that I picked yesterday that are far enough along they'll finish ripening there. Squash has been a complete failure. I have plants that have blossomed without producing any fruit. Watermelon is nothing but vine and blossoms, but nothing really developing there, either.

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8/17/09 6:40 A

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Ugh...some of my swiss chard bolted...I never saw my swiss chard bolt..only my lettuce has ever done that.

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8/14/09 9:39 P

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Absolutely a later harvest than we're used to! But that's to be expected when you have two days of hard frost right before Memorial Day and a summer of rain... rain... and more rain... Not that the extra rain is bad, mind you. I'm not complaining. It's just holding things up a little bit because we haven't gotten as much heat and sun as usual. But, August is upon us, and the heat is in full swing now. I am hoping for a long and extended Indian Summer to extend the growing season... !

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8/9/09 2:23 P

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My tomatoe plants are full of green tomatoes, I have just a few turning red. The past few days have been cool and wet though. Its going to get hot again starting tomarrow. My green beans are doing great and so are my cucucumbers.

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8/8/09 3:19 A

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The weather has been beautiful this whole week,,low 90's high 80's and for this time of the summer that is great

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8/8/09 12:57 A

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I was at our local seed bank today talking to one of the guys that works there and he's also been noticing a lot of crop failures due to lack of heat.

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8/7/09 3:15 P

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Summer is here today. High in the mid - to - upper 90's and high humidity. Heat index 100 degrees plus. More of the same forecast for tomorrow and Monday.

I'm not really complaining. We had one week of this in late June and that's been it up until now. I'm betting by mid-week next week I have another ton of ripe tomatoes. Go figure. All or nothing, it seems.

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8/7/09 1:04 A

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I am sure enjoying this cooler weather for this time of the year.Wishes it would rain though..

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8/6/09 3:14 P

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We are late here in Wisconsin. Peppers just started strong a week ago. Tomatoes are big but still green, just starting to turn. Watermelons are pretty small, some pumpkins are already turning orange a little to soon. glad to know it is not just me, being my first year gardening I thought I screwed something up.

My walnuts from the tree are already ready to harvest, a little early?

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8/5/09 4:42 P

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We are in N Illinois about 10 miles from Wisconsin. The last two years the summers have been so cool, we only occasionally see weather above 80 degrees. Means smaller yields.

I just ate my first tomatoes yesterday. Had my first zucchini last week. My peppers are only 10 inches high or so...maybe 4 peppers on 6 plants. My carrots are ready to harvest now, but should have been ready 2-3 weeks ago. Don't know if I'm even going to get watermelon and cantaloupe...didn't get any last year because it didn't get hot enough. Green beans are finally starting to come in too.

Darn global warming...oh wait, isn't that supposed to make things hotter?

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8/4/09 1:45 A

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I was just in Colorado,,,a lot of rain...It needs to see some sun now. i wish it would rain here in California...No such luck yet though.

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8/3/09 6:31 P

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The cooler rainier weather many of us have been experiencing will affect many crops, especially tomatoes and peppers. Tomatoes set fruit best below about 80 degrees but ripen much quicker in hot sunny weather. Peppers also love the hot sunny weather.

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Late here as well. I thought I had just started late in the season for So CA, but apparently I am not alone.


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8/3/09 2:06 P

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Late harvest here in Colorado too. Lots of green tomatoes, squash blossoms, but has produced only a few squash, and peas were a bust too. Lots of rain and chilly weather here. Big change from last summer.
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8/3/09 1:50 P

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Like NG, I'm also near St. Louis and have similar report. My green beans went like wildfire and I harvested a lot early. They're ready to be tilled under and replanted.

Corn was a complete bust. I have never seen such short cornstalks nor such tiny little ears of corn in my life. We're tilling that under, too, and replanting.

Tomatoes started ripening late, but now I have a ton of them coming in. Brussels sprouts also starting to produce.

Peas did not much of anything, so they're on the second planting list, too. Squash all blossomed, set NO fruit, then died back. I've given up on them for this year.

It has definitely been a weird summer as far as weather goes. We've only had one typical week and that was in late June. Temps lower than normal and pretty rainy. It has even had an effect on when and how my flowers have been blooming.

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8/3/09 11:59 A

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Central Indiana - pretty close to you Nichole but I think Cinci has had more rain. I've been picking tomatoes and peppers for two week and it seems about usual. There are copious amounts of large tomatoes on the vine that will probably all come at once. This is perfect for canning! This has actually been a terrific garden summer for my area...the bad bugs are less prevalent and I've only had to water container plants.





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Northcentral Pa....lots of rain, below normal temps; harvesting just starting for my beans but beautiful.
Cabbage is great as is the squash, zuchinni but tomatoes are just really slow....only a couple just starting to turn red.

Not enough sun. Hopefully we'll get more sun which will solve the problem as long as the blight doesn't wipe us out. My brother's patch wiped out all of his 167 plants. His patch feds our entire family for our sauce......about 600-700 qts of sauce. Bummer.

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8/3/09 11:34 A

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The same is true in north central Indiana. Tomatoes do best with hot days and cool nights. Since we don't have the hot day part, we have lots of green tomatoes and they are staying that way for the most part.

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I'm near St. Louis and our tomato plants are just starting to turn. For about the last week we have had yellow and red tomatoes. We had record temps here for July -- only 2 days OVER 90 degrees and we usually only have 2 days UNDER 90 in July. Tomatoes like hot, humid and sunny weather.

Our cucumbers and all peppers have been going crazy tho. We have been eating them since June.

Maybe we will get lucky and have veggies well into September?? Salsa anyone??

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I'm in the SF Bay Area, Zone 8, and we're seeing late harvests too. It's been extremely cool here and we've only had about a week's worth of hot weather all summer. Our tomatoes are all still green and our corn is rather pathetic. Our winter squash has mostly failed. Add on to the drought we're in and it's been a very strange (and rough) year.

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8/3/09 10:01 A

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I am in MN....zone 4. My peppers are not doing much. My tomatoes and zucchini are doing fabulous. Maybe not as much fruit so early, but there are a lot of tomatoes waiting to get red. My CSA box gets fuller each week...and the farmers market is great for all those other things I don't grow.

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Here in "upstate" NY, we are experience a similar issue. My plants seemed to completely stop growing early in the season...for weeks..maybe due to the cold, wet weather. But once the sun started coming back out and it warmed up, they started growing again. All of my plants are producing later than normal. For instance, I am usually on my 2nd planting of green beans at this time of year, but my first batch is just producing now. My peppers are just starting to show little babies on the plants; same thing with squash.

However, what I am getting is tasting fantastic!!! The lettuce has been wonderful and swiss chard is growing great.

Very odd growing season. I've been trying this gardening thing for about 30 years and I don't remember this type of thing happening before. Could explain why there weren't many growers at our local farmer's market until Saturday (Aug. 1), too. Nothing to sell yet.

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Hi everyone!

Here in SW Ohio, we're experiencing record low temperatures for this time of year and we've also had a lot of heavy rain. I've noticed that my tomatoes and pepper plants seem to be taking longer to fruit than last year (my first year gardening) and that many of my plants in general--especially the bell peppers--don't have as many veggies on them and the plants are much smaller than last year.

Could some lower temperature days cause this? Is anyone else experiencing a later harvest than usual (I'm just now getting ripe tomatoes), smaller plants, or fewer fruits per plant? Just wondering. Thanks!

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