It’s been a remarkably warm winter, even by Seattle standards, which rarely sees freezing temperatures anyway. And dry too – rainfall has been way below average and we’ve only had a puddle in the basement once (so far). It sure makes winter bike commuting a lot more tolerable.
On the downside, this year’s stone fruit harvest will likely suffer due to the lack of chill hours (periods below 45F). Not that we expect much of a harvest from our still very young trees – but we were hoping to get the first few apples and pears in 2012.
But not all is doom and gloom in the garden. Oca and J-Chokes benefitted from the extended growing season; chard and kale are looking great; and the ever-dependable Mache is a treat.