|Weather and Gardening
||[Jan. 30th, 2011|06:02 pm]
We started early this year, and now have a few radishes and most of a row of peas with their cotyledons sticking out of the ground. For the past few days, it's been very pleasant (today, 76F at 2 pm, bright sun) and the yard is greening up. Buds have swollen, the winter-flowering bush honeysuckle is flowering, some birds are singing territorial courting songs.
Mistake. Starting Tuesday night, we get three nights with lows in the 'teens F, and days at or barely above freezing and maybe some winter precip.
It will be back to "spring" next Sunday, the weather forecast says--into the '60s.
Why do we ever plant this early? Because we can start getting very hot, very dry conditions in late March to April, in which case only the early-planted gardens make anything.
We have had unseasonably warm weather lately here in the Ozarks and all the trees and shrubs bud and then get froze. Only in winter do you get these 60-70 temp swings. We get freezes in early May sometimes so it is a crap shoot on when to plant what.
The cold frames get a lot of use.
cover them in straw and see if that helps..
I have my seed starts on the dining room table, and I already have them starting to come up. We are going to have sub freezing temps all this week at night. One thing about Oregon, we always have one last bit of snow in the valley when you think its past.
Oh, the hay will definitely go on them--though we're supposed to have strong winds the first night of the deep freeze. It may be hay with cut-open feed sacks on top, held down w/rocks.
What I meant to do, but didn't, was use the trellis for the peas as the top of an improvised cover, but R- put the chicken wire so it sticks up above the pipe. If I can make it down to a store that carries rolls of plastic stuff, I may still try it but will have to pad the chicken wire so it doesn't shred the plastic. We have things in a raised bed, so the plastic could be rock-weighted on the ground on either side of the bed, then taken over the top of the trellis. Depends on tomorrow. R- is sick and coughing up glop.
I have the remains of a blue plastic tarp to go over my raised beds that I secure with buckets of water to hold them in place if needed.
yeah we are actually moving out of this insanity of TX in the next month or so. It will be nice to live in an area that you do not have to water things 2x a day to keep it alive in the sun.
We will still get the temp swings, but at least you can wait till May to plant and not worry about things frying to death by June.
Yep, up here in the Frozen North aka Denton, they are predicting "winter mix" on Tuesday, a high all the way up to 24 on Wednesday, snow showers on Thursday, and then back up to 60 on Sunday, just in time for the Super Bowl. Welcome to Texas; if you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes - it'll change... (And no wonder we're all hacking, sniffing and wheezing!)
I live in an apartment and don't garden myself, but our landscaping has daffodils in the mix. I should check those beds when I go by the office to pay the February rent tomorrow, to see if there are green leaf-tips clear of the mulch yet.
Mmm, we're starting to feel the lows here in Tucson, too. Supposed to have a high of 30 degrees tomorrow. Brr.