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…unless you edit your subscription to sign up for categories other than “Sales” and “Administrative”. The reason is because a few people have expressed an interest in only getting sales announcements. I guess I had it backwards: I thought I had to provide interesting content and only sometimes hit folks up for sales. But some folks who are collectors just want to be notified of tomato seed availability. So, I have changed the system so that by default, you’ll only be notified of sales announcements unless you change your subscription to sign up for other categories.

I have no way of testing this to see that it works, aside from actually implementing it. There’s no change if you’re subscribed via Facebook or Twitter syndication; in the case of Facebook its own algorithms decide what you’re interested in according to what you click on and “Like”.

Unfortunately most of you are probably having to deal with unfavorable weather. For most of you it’s excessive heat, and for many, drought too. Oddly enough, those of us in maritime climates got the opposite: a cold, wintery, rainy spring and early summer. It was so cold and so wet that planting has been severely impacted. It’s going to be nip and tuck getting crops ripe for harvest. We had to scale back to get anything planted.

Here’s one exception: our crop of Barley is doing great. It’s just starting to turn golden; I expect it will be harvestable by August.

The wheat did not fare as well; it’s not as tolerant of high rainfall and disease. We’ve also lost about 60% of our corn crop.

We’re sold out of many tomato and potato lines. That was expected; at any one time, our inventories are modest. Sorry if you didn’t get everything you wanted. Next year tomatoes might be a little sparce: it was particularly hard for us to grow tomatoes this year due to cold, wet weather. We’ll come up with contingency plans to grow more tomatoes next year using greenhouses and partners in more southerly climates whose irrigation hopefully does not run out.

Sorry our shopping cart is not friendlier about handling sold-out items. I will see about replacing it if I have time and can find something a little friendlier and “smarter”.

Some of you who lost crops to heat and drought might get a second chance: late summer through early winter is another growing season for many cool-growing crops in many parts of the world including here. I’ll be growing out a lot of quick-growing greens for salads, and some root crops for long-term storage. I’ll refresh inventories of what I think might make good late-season crops and post when they’re online.

One way or another I hope you can make the best of this challenging growing season.

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