Fence and farmer’s field – Valleyview, Alberta – 6 September 2015
Is summer over already? We have heavy frost in low-lying areas here this morning, and we’ve already had snowfall in the city twice since mid-August. I ran out to the community garden last night to cover my zucchini and some of my herbs, so hopefully all made it through the night. I’m not ready to put the garden to bed just yet! But the leaves are changing colour very quickly (accelerated by the drought and heat stress from the summer) and the farmers are scrambling to get their crops off the fields. It was a terrible year for farming in the province, and the frost and late rains are now making things worse.
Environment Canada has stated that we’re going to have a long, hot, dry autumn – guess we’ll see! The birds and the insects and the plants (and the weather!) seem to suggest otherwise….