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Oh Yea Baby March 11, 2009

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16_08_25-snow-scene_webFinally, some snow.  Not nearly enough, but a couple of inches.  What we really is need is rain.  About 3 days of a long, slow rain.

We’ll take the snow for now.  I’m still holding the rain dance in reserve though.

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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.

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.

High and Dry February 8, 2009

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tempeture20conversionsWe should be dealing with snow drifts or at the very least mud puddles everywhere.  Instead we have been left high and dry.  Average snow fall for Denver at this time of year for the season is about 62 inches.  So far for this season we’ve had only 16 inches of snow.

It is true that March and April are two of our snowiest months, but I’m starting to get worried.  I rely on a wet winter to give the gardens the jump start they need in the spring. 

If we don’t get much snow or even rain during the next six weeks I’ll probably scale back my planting plans.  I’d rather down size the gardens now instead of going ahead with the plantings and hoping for the best later. 

I know from experience that it can be both expensive and time consuming to keep a garden going when there is not enough water. 

But for the next weeks I’ll appeal to Mother Nature for more moisture.

Way to Hot January 20, 2009

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tempeture20conversionsIt has been way to hot here this winter.  It was reading almost 65 degrees this afternoon.  In the middle of January in Colorado that is just to warm.  And this isn’t an isolated event this winter. 

While my heating bill may be loving, I’m really starting to worry about my gardens.  The gardens should be covered in snow or at least getting a heavy frost each morning and that just isn’t happening.

Besides the really warm weather we’ve been having high winds which just dry things out that much more.

I’m hoping it gets a lot wetter soon.  If it doesn’t I may have to get out the water hose.

Beautiful Day December 29, 2008

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What a perfect day.  The sun is shinning brightly in a clear blue sky.  It’s about 50 degrees outside and kids are running through the snow still on the ground in shorts.

A day like today, is why people live in Colorado.  It makes all the below zero mornings we had earlier this month worth it.

It’s like a sneak preview of the spring to come and it gives you hope that the earth won’t be cold and dark forever.

Could’ve, Should’ve, Would’ve November 20, 2008

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Don’t you wish sometimes we could see into the future?  I sure wish I could’ve have this fall.  If I had I would have planted a really big fall garden.  Who would have dreamed we would be sitting here on November 20th and almost no snow and only one or two good freezes.  If I had known 60 days ago what I know now I would have planted lots of cold weather vegetables.  I just kept telling myself that the weather wouldn’t hold.  If you plant, even in the greenhouse it will snow tomorrow.

Well there’s nothing I can do about it now, but I sure did miss a good opportunity to have a fall garden.  I still keep telling myself it will snow tomorrow and we really do need it now.  I’ll wait for spring and hope I don’t need to tunnel through the snow to get to the greenhouse then.

Unusual Halloween Weather October 29, 2008

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Halloween in Colorado is usually a miserable affair for all involved.  The poor kids are freezing and even the thought of candy can’t them warm.  The parents with them just want to get home to a warm drink.   Even those that don’t have to be outside get cold each time the bell rings for the trick or treater’s.  The reason for all this misery, the weather.  It almost always sucks comes Halloween night. 

With one day to go, this year maybe different.  Weather forecasters are saying 60 degrees and no rain, snow or howling winds.  I can’t remember the last time that happened.

In fact I was just sitting outside enjoying some of this nice weather.  Two honey bee’s were still out collecting last minute honey.  The violets were about the only source of honey left though.  All the other plants look like it is almost Halloween.  They kind of look like skeletons themselves with all their leaves and flowers gone.

Good Intentions October 26, 2008

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Well, I had big plans yesterday for the yard.  Instead I was attacked by a cold Friday afternoon.  I’m feeling much better now, but nothing got done outside yesterday.  And of course the weather isn’t near as nice today as it was yesterday. 

Later this week it’s supposed to be real nice again so I’ll try and tackle some of the leaves then.  I’ll either have more to rake or maybe none at all if the wind blows them all away.

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.