It seems odd, as we approach October, to be getting summer weather. Up here in the handle, NOAA forecasts highs in the mid-70s for the next several days. It’s nothing like the high of 90 degrees that they’re suggesting will arrive with October down in the pan at Boise, but still high enough to raise hopes for the delinquent tomatoes.
Everything went in late this year. The soil in the garden remained too wet to work through much of the spring and into June. Rows of onions rotted and had to be replanted. Many plants didn’t even go into the ground until early July, and even then in soil so muddy that it seemed like more slurry than soil.
I grew up on the wet, cool west side of the Cascades, and I don’t like hot weather. Its sole consolation has always been ripening tomatoes in late July or early August. This summer the weather was just the way I like it, and the result: I didn’t have to ditch any spare zucchini with reluctant neighbors. My mile or so of pumpkin vine yielded only one orange globe. And gobs of green tomatoes.
Now that it’s almost October and summer has come for a week, perhaps the tomatoes will catch up with the trees. Their leaves are reddening right on time.