According to the National Weather Service, the average temperature for the month of June has been well below normal this year. Around here, it feels like we’ve been living inside a cloud for the past couple of weeks. Though that’s been bad news for beachgoers, this cool weather is ideal for gardeners who like leafy greens.
Lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, and other greens all tend to wilt under a blazing sun, but they love gray skies and mist. In Alaska, where summers can be chilly but the daylight is endless, they’re famous for growing 60-pound cabbages.
Above is a photo of collard greens in my vegetable garden, which I hope to start harvesting this week. What I’m not showing you are my tomato plants, which look kind of glum right now, awaiting a sunny day. Oh, well, you can’t have everything.