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The great jinxer

Posted 5/2/2016 5:39pm by Shiloh Avery.

Putting the plastic on our tomato umbrellas


You might not know this about us, but we obsessively check the weather predictions.  So we’re slated to plant tomatoes outside this week and I did my usual run through the low temperature predictions, despite being in full blown summer for the past few weeks. I saw nothing unusual. This was Sunday. Then our friend in higher elevations near us texted that they are expecting snow on Thursday.  Wait, what? Better re-check our low temperatures here.    

Well, the cynic inside me wants to say, “we expected this.”   Some folks call it “blackberry winter”, but we have always called it the “squash frost.”  Whatever you want to call it, it’s inconvenient.  And late.  We’ve moved on from our squash frost window.  We’ve put away all our frost blankets, pulled out their supports, moved their weights, etc.  We have whole fields planted with frost tender crops like peppers and squash.   

The worst part about it is that it’s my fault.  I’m known around the farm as the “great jinxer”.  And just this morning, as I was adding “frost blanket support removal” to our to-do list, I said, “knock on wood, but there are no frost predictions in our future.”  I actually said that!  Just a couple of hours before the low temperature predictions dropped into potentially dangerous regions.  What was I thinking?!  


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