The Ups and Downs of August – Garden Update

August has been a pretty emotional month in the garden.  First, there was lots of hot, sunny days; then, unexpectedly, the temperatures dove and to accompany the shock, the rains came and stayed for about 5 or so days.  When the rains finally stopped, the clouds blocked the sun and the weather stayed cool – day and night.

Blooms fell off the sweet peppers, tomatoes stayed green, and I was sure the sweet potato had either drowned or rotted.  I scoured books and online sites concerning temperature and water requirements/dangers for the plants and buds, scanned the sky for signs of the sun and haunted weather sites for information about when the rains would cease and the sun would come back out, and drove myself nearly insane with the decision of whether to harvest the sweet potatoes or not.  I’d reconciled that we’d harvest no sweet peppers this year.  Yes, it was THAT cold – I was convinced fall had already come.

Then I came across information about the seasons that calmed me down a bit.  I learned a bit about the Equinoxes and Solstices and realized, I’ve got until mid-September before I really need to worry.  I’ll explain more about what I learned in the next post, but suffice it to say, there’s still time.  And then magically, the sun came out…and stayed!  Blooms stopped dropping off and fruit ripened! Yay, August!

Here’s a visual of the last month or so of angst! 🙂  I can smile now, lol.

About A Bahamian In Austria

I am a Bahamian woman, married to an Austrian man, who's been freshly transplanted to Vienna. I started writing this blog when a dear friend insisted that I had to write down my experiences. At best it'll update my buddies on my crazy-going-ons and at least, it'll keep me from stalking them online (LOL). I hope you enjoy :D
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2 Responses to The Ups and Downs of August – Garden Update

  1. I feel your pain. We had a beautiful start to our tomatoes, but the interminable rain in NC this summer rotted the vines from the bottom up. We had some, but not nearly what we expected.

    I’m looking forward to following your garden. Our different climates growing familiar vegetables will be interesting.

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