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Never Before In February February 25, 2009

Posted by liajo in garden thoughts and ideas.
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tree_photoMother Nature has given us a double blow this winter, not enough moisture and too much wind.

This week I started watering the gardens and raking and watering the back lawn.  I’ve never done that before in February and we’ve lived in our house for 13 years.

In a usual February we should still have snow on the ground in the shady areas of the yard and mud everywhere else.  Not this year.

I’ll keep watering a little until we get some moisture.  I’m afraid if I don’t do it now it will be to late in a couple of months and there will be no hope for the gardens and this grass this spring.

Winter weather catch up November 30, 2008

Posted by liajo in weather.
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The wind howled all day today.  There was snow earlier, making more mud for Bubba track inside.  The skies are a slate gray with just a touch of red as the sun sinks down below the horizon.  Tonight will not be a good time for man or beast outside.  Our beautiful fall has come to an end.

The house has been cool all day, but I refuse to touch the thermostat.  I’ll either wrap in a blanket or work on my afghan.  Afghan’s make a good winter project.

The electric heater has ran almost non-stop in the sun room.  I don’t like using it, it takes so much power.  But there is no other heat source in there and without it most of the plants won’t survive the cold.  It also drys the air out.  It seems like I’m out there every few hours giving everything a good douse of water.  But I can’t think of a better way for the plants to stay warm and I’m not willing to let them die.

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.