About 2 weeks ago, I wrote about moving on to summer. I bragged about how nearly all of our beds were prepped and ready for summer plantings. Well...that is exactly how they have stayed. First came the warm wet front. I was cool with that. We needed the water. I figured we would just wait it out and then get all of our heat loving crops in the ground (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash, melons...to name a few). But then a nasty cold front came in and now its going to be 35 degrees tonight. 35 degrees means there is a pretty good chance of frost. And frost kills all of these plants when they are big and strong and mature...so you can imagine how destructive it could be to our tender little seedlings. So inside they shall go tonight. Outside tomorrow morning. Inside again tomorrow night. And then into their beds (hopefully) the day after.
This is what I call the Tomato Dance. Starting in early May, farmers all around the area start hedging their bets on when the earliest they can put their heat loving crops out, tomatoes being the most high demand of these items. They have been nursing these seedlings for months in greenhouses and they are starting to get big and take up a lot of space, time, and resources. There is a huge reward (both financially and for personal gratification and bragging rights) to have some of the seasons firsts, but if you go too big too soon, you can get sent back to square one. And starting over isnt really an option in farming.
I realize now (although I may forget again and need more reminding) that I will never have a handle on all this. It is why I love farming, because in the end Mother Nature rules us all. We play by her rules and follow her plans. And if we come out on top, we shouldnt kid ourselves: it was all her doing.