August is winding down, and despite the chilly mornings and just faintly warm afternoons we're "enjoying" in Saint-Aignan, the garden is now producing tomatoes and cucumbers. It has already given us, and continues to give us, loads of green beans and summer squash. Before too long, we'll probably get a lot of winter squashes as well.
At least the weather has finally turned dry. Other local gardeners haven't been as lucky as we have. The area just 30 or 40 miles south of here got three times its normal amount of rainfall in July, while our rain totals here were just slightly above average for the month. Granted, the first two weeks of August were extremely wet, but the garden has prospered and a side benefit is that we haven't had to water it very much.
Rainy weather goes hand in hand with chilly weather in this part of the world. There's seldom a rain that feels warm. So everything dries out slowly, and lingering damp on gray days encourages the growth of mold and mildew that ruins crops like tomatoes and grapes. Many summers, it's not warm enough here for crops like eggplants or bell peppers. We'll see if our plants produce any in 2014. At least the garden is green.
By the way, I'm getting pretty good at nine-finger typing. Or, really, six-finger typing, since I type on the left side of the keyboard with five fingers, while on the right side my index finger does nearly all the work.