Sunday, September 13, 2020

Life goes on...

 I was asked what zone we live in.  If you look on a map it laughingly says zone 5.  At a mile above sea level, we are not a zone 5.  After much trial and error, I would say we are a zone 3.  That being said, my orchard is only 200 yards away and I think that is in a zone 4.  While everywhere around us will freeze, the orchard remains untouched by Jack Frost's brush.  I think it has something to do with all of the aspen and birch compared to the pine.  It all boils down to my growing season is unbearably short.

That is where the Tomato Taj Mahal comes in.

Everything stayed nice and snug.  My tomatoes are on the cusp of being ripe.   It made the smudging of my beloved phlox a bit easier to take.  We covered the squash and pumpkin.  They didn't do too bad.  

I'm still harvesting carrots and they taste amazing.  I also pulled up my glads and dahlias.

I think we are back to "normal" temperatures.  At least for a while.  I know Ella is sure happy to have her yard back.

I sure wish I could send this moisture to the West Coast.  I hope they get rain soon. 

Some have asked if a September snow is unusual for us.  I can't say it is.  Looking back at pictures I'd say it happens every few years.  What is the earliest you see snow?


  1. Oh my! Bummer! Glad your tomatoes are safe. We are almost finished with tomatoes down here. Up the mountain is similar to you. Growing up, we had snow on the 4th of July. Enough that they weren’t certain they could do fireworks but they did.

  2. Our early snows usually come in late October, but generally it is November that we expect to see some morning dusting of snow or some snow showers. Those tomatoes will be ripe soon! -Jenn

  3. It should be earlier here in NH than we've experienced before in MD. Will wait and see. Just order a warmer coat from LL Bean.

  4. It will be a earlier here than in MD for sure.

  5. You do have an incredibly short season. Didn’t you have snow in May or am I remembering incorrectly?
    Some years we don’t get any snow but when we do it rarely lasts very long. I think the earliest is December but usually if we do have snow it’s in the new year. Occasionally it arrives and covers the daffodils in March/April.we don’t have it as deep as you do either.

  6. I wondered how your garden went with that snow storm. I am glad everything is so green. Oh yes, we have had a whole month of nothing but smoke. We won't get rain until October. Of course, we only have snow every 20 years or so. I am so glad your tomatoes are nice and snug in their house.
    I hope it stays warm for you. Have a great rest of the week.

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