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Why I hate spring in the mountains

 
Robert Ray
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Location: Cascades of Oregon
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Drastic temperature swings this time of year it easily hits high 60's-70's during the day and then snows at night.
Fortunately the Honeyberries have bloomed and are frost hardy  but some of the blueberries were a little to bold and got bit by the snow last night. I hope that they recover.
Row covers appear to have protected everything else.
Snow forecast for the next several days overnight so you have to put everything to bed and wake em up in the morning.
 
Brenda Groth
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Location: North Central Michigan
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well i was kinda pleased yesterday that even though some of my blueberries had frozen a few weeks ago..i have fresh blooms on one plant that won't be freezing any time soon..doubt if i'll really get any berries off of them..there just aren't that many blooms that made it through the freeze..but still..it was a blessing to see them.

I haven't bought the honeyberries yet..almost ordered some last week and then found out i was early diabetes and i'm like freaking out as my entire yard is fruit !!!

I haven't seen the nutritionist about the diabetes yet but i'm sure i'll still be able to eat small amounts of fresh fruit..but i'm sure glad i didn't plant a bunch of bread gardens (grains and oats and whatnot) like i had planned too..as it would have just been a wasted effort since right now i'm not eating any bread..)

Michigan has a lot of irregular weather..we get really hot during the day and freeze at night in the spring and fall..yesterday was 87 plus the night before was 39..a couple days before we had a hard freeze
 
jacque greenleaf
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Location: Burton, WA (USDA zone 8, Sunset zone 5) - old hippie heaven
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I think that erratic weather is not just a mountain problem. And with climate change, the chaos is bound to get worse, at least in our lifetimes. I'm planning to equip all my outside growing beds with superstructures that can serve to support plastic, ag fabric, bird netting and/or shade cloth as the weather demands. If other folks have had this idea and implemented it, I'd love to know what is easiest and works best. Right now, I'm weighing the pros and cons of stock panels bent in an arch over the beds or a rectangular superstructure of 1x3s. We can have high winds here - people have lost their greenhouses - so adequate wind spilling is an issue.
 
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