There are lots of place in Montana you can grow produce, but there are few places in our great state it is a constant challenge. I live in one of them. I was standing in line Saturday talking with a friend and another woman in line and we were comparing temperatures for the previous night. I was winning the prize for the warmest overnight temp, 34 degrees. The other two women had 30 and 29. It isn’t yet going to be that cold every night, but it drove home to this Midwest girl that this is the reason I look for plants that mature in under 60 days.
We talked about the tomato plants we plants we grew. Looking for key words like glacier, early and speedy. Even then we might never get a single tomato. That is the case for me this year.
We laughed about covering our gardens in August as nothing unusual, like they had done the prior night. It is what is expected here, though the rest of the world would perceive this as sign of global cooling.
All of this is a big deal, because I love fresh veggies. We try to eat meatless one night a week and none of this make it easy. Our personal gardens require us to be smart in our plant choices and believe the weatherman anytime they call for a frost warning in, even in July or August. Our local supermarkets, don’t stock local produce because it is not prevalent. Our farmer’s market is small and there is much stuff from resellers and crafts. Occasionally growers from other parts of the state will drive here to sell their wonderful produce, but with the price of gas we are seeing that less and less.
My Uncle was right when he said I need a greenhouse.