It’s been our typical cold cloudy gray May with rain almost every day. Wait a minute, I live in Colorado don’t I!? What’s going on? It seems like every month this year has been out of whack, weather-wise. A record-setting February for snow, then a very dry March (usually our snowiest month). We seemed to be on track for more seasonal weather in April, when bam! Snow in May and then clouds, rain or thunderstorms ever since. We gardeners have had to keep ourselves busy with indoor chores (like spring cleaning) when we should be outside planting, fertilizing and sprucing up our re-emerging gardens, and seeding and transplanting into our vegetable beds. The new soft stems of my peonies and roses are bent over hugging the ground from the late snow and constant rains pounding them down. Even the dogwood and lilac shrubs have strangely prone postures right now. As far as anything to eat from the garden, it’s Slow Food for sure! The greens in my raised beds are sadly soggy with slugs aplenty; forget about trying to transplant tomatoes or peppers, or start any of the warm season crops. And if it’s hard on home gardeners, think of what Colorado farmers and fruit growers have been going through so far this year! Keep your fingers crossed for a warm summer and late fall.
But no matter the cold gloomy weather, a new season and new life arrives at Colorado farms, including Thistle Whistle farm in Hotchkiss on the Western Slope.