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Much conversation this season about the weather reminded me of the diaries of a favorite uncle, a farmer, dating back 40-50 years. What was the weather like then I wondered? Similar to the 2000s? So began my gleanings in a few of his diaries.

“May 12, 1969...morning temperature 41 degrees and cloudy with occasional showers.” The following morning, “40 degrees and fair, rather breezy much of the day, considerable sun... Planted two rows of Butter and Sugar sweet corn.”

“May 12, 1970, 60 degrees and clear...strawberry beds heavily budded and found two dozen newly emerged pumpkin plants.”

“May 12, 1972, 46 degrees and fair. Planted two dozen tomato plants.”

“May 12, 1975 after a fine warm day our recurrent thunder shower activity took over 4 to 6:30 pm with lots of noise but little rain.”

Scanning a few of the old diaries underscored the obvious fact that weather, warmth and rain have so much to do with gardening and farming, both of which can be an art form. Diaries are the purest glimpse of history. Are you keeping a diary for the next generation to enjoy?


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