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Old 07-03-2009, 05:53 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Late blight. What caused the Irish potato famine. I suppose it shouldn't come as a surprise that with this weather it might hit bad. I haven't found any signs yet on my tomatoes and potatoes but I'm going to be keeping a very close eye on things and perhaps take some preventative measures to keep it away as best I can...but I know people in other states that are losing everything they've planted to it. Going to be a big hit against some farmers...
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:59 PM
 
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My tomatoes refuse to grow...!! I culled most of the plants and they aren't doing much.

All this rain...bleh...

I guess produce will be jacked up even more if there is blight...
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Old 07-03-2009, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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Try being a Bird in a nest out there..poor things.
Other wildlife must be getting fed up too.
Sorry I just had to rant.
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:30 PM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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Today was an absolute wash out at my place too and cold. Actually had to run the furnace this evening as temps dropped down into 50's with the damp and clammy weather. Hope we will salvage some summer this year, even if it's just a few weeks worth.
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Old 07-04-2009, 07:43 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Yeah it's a pretty bad summer so far. I don't like the hot, humid weather we usually get, but, I don't like this rain everyday either. I've had a good camping trip (other than forgetting the bugspray...) precisely once this year, nearly every hiking trip I've been rained on (including a surprise shower once when testing out a new flintlock rifle, they don't work that well when wet...) and have had to deal with some pretty bad trail conditions from the rain, and in my sad looking garden even my peas look like they're miserable from the weather, and they usually tolerate crappy weather well...I hope this Fall is nicer, but I won't get my hopes up. It rained bad last year the first week of trapping season (last week of October) and flooded a field I was trapping, lost one of my traps to a river (too deep/dangerous to go get it out)...hoping for better weather sometime soon!
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Old 07-04-2009, 10:27 PM
 
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What is the weather usually like at this time of year in Vermont?

How long do you have for a garden growing season? cool weather crops in what months and warm weather crops when?
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:37 AM
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So it's double jeopardy between the rain & this blight.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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YAY finally some Sunshine.
Was getting nervous if we were going to have another one of those*one week of Summer ordeals like we did some years ago, course that week was too hot and humid to do anything.
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:37 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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Don't say it too loudly, you'll scare the sunshine away! LOL
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Old 07-05-2009, 01:16 PM
 
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Default Strangely, the only thing thriving in our garden is...

Our potatoe plants. The tomatoe plants don't even have flowers. The peppers and eggplants haven't grown more than an inch this past month. Lettuce is still too small to be picked.

The pumpkin vines are starting to take off, but if it stays too wet the pumpkins will rot off the vines like they did a few years ago.
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