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Water the Compost March 2, 2009

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compostbinopenMoisture is a key ingredient in composting.  Normally at this time of year my composting area would be covered by snow or at least very wet from melting snow.

But not this year.  Record high temperatures and on the driest February on record have dried the compost out.  Without the moisture the composting process almost stops.

My solution, water the compost.  I started doing just that week and I’ll keep it up every few days as long as it stays so dry.

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Record Breaking Weather March 1, 2009

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sol_a_portrait_of_our_sun_1__rthorvaldIt’s official, this February was the driest on record.  I wouldn’t be surprised to learn it was also one of the warmest on record.

The weather guys have began saying that we might want to water a little bit.  Something almost all gardeners around here had already figured out for themselves.

March is not looking any better on the moisture front.  There is no rain, much less snow in the forecast and tomorrow is supposed to above 70 degrees.  Close to another record.

Where’s they snow? November 19, 2008

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16_08_25-snow-scene_webI never thought I would miss snow but I’m really starting to.  By now in my part of Colorado we should have had at least a couple of small snow falls.  Instead we have had one skiff of snow, less than a half inch.

I hate this saying, but it is getting to the point that we really do need the moisture.  Everything is so dry.  I’m even starting to worry about the gardens.  I don’t have anything planted now, because it’s supposed to be snowing.  But I’m worried about next spring.  If it doesn’t start soon we’ll be way down on the moisture level for next year.

For now all I can do is keep my fingers crossed and hope it snows soon.  God I thought I’d never say that.

Great sleeping weather October 12, 2008

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This is the type of weather that gardeners hate.  Oh I know, we need the moisture.  But do we need the cold and wind also?  This is the type of day that causes a gardener to go stir crazy.  There are about a dozen things we can think of that need to be done, but it’s to cold and wet to go outside.  There is nothing we can do about it, we are stuck inside. 

The only thing we can do is catch up on all the sleep that we missed this summer.  All those mornings that we were up at dawn to get an early start.  And all those naps that we skipped because there was so much to do.  Besides the moisture about the only thing this type of weather is good for is sleeping.