It seems like this area went from winter to summer without stopping for spring. Yesterday I was reading an article in the Bloomington paper that noted that April was the 3rd coldest April on record while May was the hottest May on record. That's quite an abrupt transition. It's been a real heat wave for several days. I took this picture at sunset on Saturday evening, while it was still nearly 90 degrees. The sky was mostly cloudless but this one cloud boiled up like a storm cloud. Nothing ever came of it.
The weather has had it's effect on the vegetable garden for sure. I usually begin harvesting cole crops in May, but this year I picked the first cabbage a week ago. The cutworms did not help in that regard. Yesterday I picked the first broccoli and kohlrabi. The kohlrabi should have been picked earlier.
At least the summer crops are moving right along. This slicing cucumber should be ready in a few days, and it looks like enough pickling cucumbers will be ready shortly to make a quart of refrigerator pickles.
An unidentified bug has been attacking the cucumbers and causing the growing tips to turn brown. Fortunately the plants are healthy enough to start new vines and I'm hoping the bugs can be kept under control. The first Japanese beetles appeared yesterday. I was hoping that the hard winter had killed most of them, but they seem to be abundant.
The tomatoes are looking good, with no sign of disease to this point. I planted two determinate sauce tomatoes - Health Kick and Plum Regal. I didn't think a tomato could be more vigorous than Plum Regal but Health Kick is actually setting more tomatoes.
To see what other growers are harvesting, head on over to http://www.ourhappyacres.com/and have a look.