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Gardens flourish in the hot temperatures

Folly Farm co-owner Cindy Edwards tends to the garden during her breaks from work. With the warmer weather, she said, her garden has flourished sooner than usual. Some of the fruits are tasting sweeter than normal. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Folly Farm co-owner Cindy Edwards tends to the garden during her breaks from work. With the warmer weather, she said, her garden has flourished sooner than usual. Some of the fruits are tasting sweeter than normal. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Gardeners are rejoicing at the abnormally warm weather Eastern Oregon has experienced this past month. Many vegetables and fruits are flourishing and the ramifications are more leafy greens.

Cindy Edwards, co-owner of Folly Farm in Cove, said the warm weather has affected her in nothing but good ways.

“The tomatoes are looking really good this year,” Edwards said.

Cindy and her husband, Ralph, work full-time jobs at home and on their breaks go out to the garden. The garden takes up about one-third of an acre and seems to be a good size for the amount of time they have on their hands.

“The currants, a fruit plant native to the area, has been great this year,” Edwards said. “They are loaded, and the fruit is absolutely beautiful.”

The temperature in Union County is, on average, 85 degrees in July. August’s temperature is usually about 85 degrees. The July average this year was in the 90s. 

And Folly Farm is loving it.

Their gardens grow “a little bit of everything,” Cindy said.

Folly Farm grows numerous types of vegetables, fruits and herbs.

“The spinach and lettuce were really quick this year,” Edwards said.

She said she has already started planting succession plants. After one crop is done, she’ll replant more of the same crop, or a different type, in its place. 

The spinach has already come up and they’re on their second crop already, she said.

“Last year, we didn’t have a spinach crop until the first of August,” she said.

Lettuce, too, is already on its second crop. Despite the rapid growth, lettuce and spinach like cooler weather. Cindy has to be fast with picking it or risk it wilting in the heat.

She added that she doesn’t believe the temperature is any warmer than usual, but she said it got warmer sooner this year which helped her garden 
substantially.

For the complete story, see Monday's edition of The Observer. 

 
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