With the warming up in February, and subsequent frost and snow; many fruit bearing buds of growth, were damaged or killed off. Many plants, trees, and shrubs suffered damage that prevented food crops from forming and producing the very crops we depend on. Statistics and data are still being collected; but in Michigan, mulberries, golden raspberries, cherries, and most shrub- type berries suffered.
We can only hope that next year will be a normal weather pattern, and crops will thaw out naturally and with nature’s cooperation; as opposed to this year and Mother Nature’s sabotage.
2012 was a triple threat when it comes to weather. On top of the early warming and untimely frost, we had high temperatures, and of course…no rain! Well, not when we needed it, because we did finally get some!
Now, as it abruptly cools off, we can only wonder what’s in store for the rest of 2012? Both optimistic and realistic gardeners will get plastic ready and be prepared for colder nights; whatever they were lucky enough to have grow, may survive the cold nights and flourish, in what is left of our warm days.