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The weather stunted my garden's growth! 
Jun. 7, 2011 9:11 pm 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2011 10:11 am
The weather has been so strange this year.  I have lived in Lake County, Calif. since 2004 and this is the first year it has rained into June and been this cold.  Usually, by the end of May it is warm, sunny, and the rain is gone till October.
This year, June 4th was the last rain of the season, and it's been in the low 60s.  When I first planted my garden, I thought maybe I had planted it too soon.  Because of the cold and lack of sun, I lost the initial planting of basil, cukes, zukes, squash, and my beans are now looking pretty sad too.  I replanted as soon as I could, but I'm still not seeing anything moving for basil, though the others are sprouting.  Not surprising seeing as the ground hasn't been able to warm up.  I should be eating the lettuces and radishes already, but their growth is slow and stunted and they haven't grown much.  My mother-in-law said they've had to replant some things twice already!  I've heard other say the season is lagging about a month behind.
Finally, today, the clouds burned off, the sun came out and it hit the mid-70s (I definitely took the motorcycle out for a ride!).  I swear the radish leaves doubled in size today alone!  The whole scenario has been wait-and-see, and this is my first garden, so being a novice I feel like all I can do is shrug and hope for the best.  It's just a little bit of a bummer because I was hoping it would take off without a hitch.  Ah well, can't change the weather.
I sure am looking forward to when I can enjoy fresh produce from my own garden!
Jun. 8, 2011 6:04 am
We had the rain & cold last year and my garden never really fully recovered. I replanted and tried to save others. Good luck.
Jun. 8, 2011 12:43 pm
Don't be disappointed. Gardens are fickle. A slow start means only a slow start. It can still go bonkers and produce wildly. Or only moderately. I think you are in a higher elevation of and that makes thing weird, too.
Jun. 9, 2011 7:21 am
We've got the opposite problem here in Central Texas, very early high heat and terrible drought. I'll have too live vicariously through you other gardners here on AR. Good luck and enjoy!!
Jun. 9, 2011 4:54 pm
Thanks for your comments Doug, and Basil. Mike, yes, I am at a higher elevation, 3500 ft. I am hoping the season isn't a short one, just delayed...I'm hoping winter is the season that gets the short end of the stick. I love snowboarding, but that's the only time I'm happy about the cold and snow, lol.
Jun. 23, 2011 10:02 pm
We have been having the same problem here in North Western Tennessee. We had to replant because of late frost, then we had the rain storms that washed everything out or rotted the seeds. I lost count of how much has been replanted. We have been able to enjoy some nice lettuce, green onions, summer squash and cukes. I have very few tomatoes on the vine and what is there is very small. I thought I would be eating loads of tomatoes by now. I don't know if I will even have enough to can this year. I am just hoping I will have some nice corn and beans to feed my grandchildren this summer. We are building a small green house so maybe we will be able to move some things there this fall and starts next spring.
Jun. 28, 2011 10:11 am
Thanks for your input, Debra. I also thought I would be enjoying more by now, as all I can pick are lettuces. A greenhouse does sound like a nice idea!
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I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 1 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
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My parents have always had lots of food at family get-togethers! Such a selection of food that there's hardly room for plates at the table: nuts, cheeses, wings, beans, meats, veggies and many other side dishes, cakes, cookies, pies, etc-there's something for everyone! There's no excuse if you go hungry at one of our family functions. There's always good food, drinks, people and laughs :D
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It's nice to be able to throw things together on the fly without having to make a trip to the grocery store. Learning the methods of cooking have made it easier and my food tastes better. I never have dry chicken breasts, pork chops or burgers anymore! Dec 2012: I finally made fudge that set properly!
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Trying out new recipes that don't taste right or I don't care for. Or turning my back to do 10 things at once and burning something. Mistakes = lessons learned. Sometimes you have to do a little trial-and-error to get something how you like it. I'm still trying to perfect French loaf.
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