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Our weather 2021
« on: 2021-01-10, 11:46:11 PM »
 Today was a overcast summers day, high of 17C - 62F, sunny tomorrow though with a predicted high of 25C - 77F
« Last Edit: 2021-01-11, 12:01:50 AM by Richard Watson »
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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #1 on: 2021-01-11, 05:09:51 AM »
We are having a weird summer in subtropical Australia, cool and damp and barely getting above 30 C on the warmest days. Nights are fairly cool as well. This means the cucurbits are off to a very slow start but should come through if February warms up. By comparison last year we hit over 40 C on the first day of spring (Sep 1) and had 6 months until the end of summer with virtually no rain. The milder year this season is lucky since I am growing out a big lot of diverse potato seedlings and they are doing really well (though it still seems to be too hot for seed to set).

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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #2 on: 2021-01-11, 11:24:40 AM »
Its the same in NZ too, just pleasant temperatures in the low 20's C. Not having to pump water for the garden is not the norm for this time of year.
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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #3 on: 2021-01-11, 07:20:31 PM »
right now it is winter where I am in california
only 4 inches of rain for my winter season so far. (it does not rain here in the summer)
I might not have much of a garden the upcoming summer if this keeps up

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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #4 on: 2021-01-11, 09:55:59 PM »
We are having a weird summer in subtropical Australia, cool and damp and barely getting above 30 C on the warmest days. Nights are fairly cool as well. This means the cucurbits are off to a very slow start but should come through if February warms up. By comparison last year we hit over 40 C on the first day of spring (Sep 1) and had 6 months until the end of summer with virtually no rain. The milder year this season is lucky since I am growing out a big lot of diverse potato seedlings and they are doing really well (though it still seems to be too hot for seed to set).

Is it cooling down at night? Mine set pretty easily, but it was a cool summer last year and looks to be again this year... Are you seeing the native bees around?

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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #5 on: 2021-01-11, 10:36:03 PM »
Steve1- We do have native banded bees that have pollinated potato previously. The nights cool down into 18-20 C, so not cool by many potato growing region standards. I have started hand pollinating but suspect with the warm nights I might be wasting my limited time.

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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #6 on: 2021-01-12, 01:29:11 AM »
Steve1- We do have native banded bees that have pollinated potato previously. The nights cool down into 18-20 C, so not cool by many potato growing region standards. I have started hand pollinating but suspect with the warm nights I might be wasting my limited time.

Thinking about last year, I dont reckon any set early. I have a picture that shows lots at the end of March. Maybe just let them go. The blue banded bees will find them when they are ready.

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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #7 on: 2021-01-12, 11:57:48 AM »
This rather benign summer has certainly been great for potatoes, lots of bumblebees have insured the flowering and berry set is the best Ive seen for years
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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #8 on: 2021-01-14, 06:35:17 PM »
What a lovely sight, the potatoes!  :)
We've had a very mild winter so far with little snow, but there is some on the way tonight.
It is a huge contrast to last year's 20-yr snow maximum.  And welcome fwiw.
We are probably not short on precipitation overall, since there's been quite a bit of rain, but nothing excessive.  It is always disappointing that the warm days are windy and wet, and very scanty sunshine whether freeze or thaw.  We only seem to clear at night for those temperature inversions!  ::)

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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #9 on: 2021-05-12, 07:26:12 AM »
Here in Texas, the winter was rougher than usual, and the relatively rainy spring has been great. Wish I had more water collection units set up.

The weather been great for my corn and the winter crops, however my peppers and tomatoes are slow to grow because of how cool it is. My okra rows have only sprouted three to four plants out of the twenty or so seeds I saved from last year.
Still they are doing better than last year.

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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #10 on: 2021-05-12, 08:10:18 AM »
After a period in the 80s F a few weeks ago it has turned off cool and wet here. Potatoes, peas and some other things planted back then look great. Some warmer season things planted back then don't look as good. There are some exceptions. A few corn plants and a few cowpeas went ahead and came up and are holding on in the cold wet weather. Not enough of either for a crop, I will be transplanting them into compacted areas to keep for seed and replanting the large plots.

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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #11 on: 2021-05-12, 12:52:10 PM »
We broke the record for precipitation in April.  Three times the normal amount of rain.
I'm seeing a lot of red color on my garlic stems (which are normally green) and hoping there isn't rain-related damage.   
Drying off now, it's been quite windy and mainly above freezing, but still early spring for us.

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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #12 on: 2021-05-21, 04:33:04 AM »
It's turned hot and dry here. Day time highs in range of mid 80s to low 90s F but rapidly cools when the sun goes down. I've never seen the ground dry out so quickly. Things planted weeks ago that enjoyed the cool wet back then and with established deep roots still look fine, more recently planted things are struggling.

Between the cool wet period and now the hot dry my garden overall is getting a late start. No rain is expected for at least a week and even then just low probability so who knows when stuff planted today will come up.

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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #13 on: 2021-05-22, 03:06:25 PM »
The lowest temperature from now until memorial day is supposed to be 50F. Most days are supposed to be above 50F for the low.

It has been in the 60F - 88F range for the highs the past few weeks.

Should be safe to plant tomatoes now. Most tomatoes i am growing should be able to set fruit in these temperatures. Not so happy about losing most of the low spring temperatures needed for greens and other crops.

Haven't even planted any cucumber seeds out yet...

Good balance of dry / wet in my area so far. Last year there was a lot of rain in the start of the season, very dry afterwards.

It was foggy, wet and humid at for most of the spring here. A bit of rain - not frequent enough for the greens.

Same thing as Reed with the rapid cooling / heating.

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Re: Our weather 2021
« Reply #14 on: 2021-05-23, 09:03:43 AM »
Had a warm dry almost snow free winter. Not unheard of similar to 2004 and 2020. Then an normally dry april. Then later frost than in the prior 4 years. Then an abnormally dry may until today. Good rain event today. Raining hard right now. Rain event is supposed to last all day and night. Would not be surprised if it adds up to an inch and gets tomato seeds germinating.
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