July 31, 2012 @ 9:02 AM


When I moved to CNY 30  or so years ago, every gardening year was predictable in terms of the weather, frost dates and dependability of crops. About 12 years ago, it began changing to a point where how I garden, yields of harvest and tried and true techniques are no longer  effective. This old dog needs to learn some new tricks fast!

   My gardening season has been extended almost a full month on both ends--sounds good--but  that benefit has brought less rain in general, though too much rain at the wrong times--most notably, when my corn is tassling and cukes/squash are blooming, cutting the pollination rate. The rains we do get set up the perfect conditions for potato and tomato blight. The .........

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