For anyone except an astronomer, Labor Day signals the end of summer. We know that the official start of fall isn't until the autumnal equinox Sept. 23. But once school starts, that's the end of summer for us. Or at least for Vic. His college classes already have begun.
The arrival of fall means that the rainy season soon will be upon us. But we got surprised on Monday with a thunderstorm that woke us at 4 a.m. with flashes of lightning, booming thunderclaps and enough rain to wet the garden. However, we're at least six weeks away from the start of any real rain.
Monday's odd weather was supposed to be followed by a couple of really hot days. Sometimes it's hard to know what season it is. Especially if you're trying to grow a garden like I am. Is it too late for a late crop of green beans? Is it too early for planting winter crops like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower? I bet no on both and put in a late crop of beans plus an early crop of winter vegetables. I have a reason for wanting to push the seasons at both ends.