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Weather or Not

January 20th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Virginia weather in January is, well, changeable.  For the first two weeks of January, we had frigid temperatures.  We were doing good if we got up to freezing during the day and we were in the low teens at night.  Everything was frozen solid and I spent two weeks, breaking ice in water troughs and tromping over frozen ground to carry hay.

Then it warmed up and we had a week of warm temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s.  The ground started to thaw out and life got easier for a few days.  Then it rained.  Now the ground is rotten again and it’s raining again.  I come in with clumps and spatters of red clay up to my knees.

Larry came by to plow the garden last week and it was still frozen.  This week it is too wet.  It looks like it is going to be in a warm rainy period for the next week so we won’t get the garden plowed soon.

I’m going to quit complaining for now about things that I can’t control.   On the brighter side, rainy days are good days to browse through the gardening catalogs and place some early orders.  Burpee has some really interesting tomatoes this year.  I’m not sure that I am brave enough to even plant a black tomato but they also have some that look tye dyed.

Have you started planning your garden?

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  • 1 marci // Jan 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Sounds like our NW Coastal Oregon weather. 2 wks of freezing followed by 20 days of rain… and no end of the rain in sight.

    Except for peas, around March1, we usually don’t get serious about planting til mid May… we are apt to get a bad freeze or even snow again the end of April, or worse, a bad hail storm that flattens everything.

    So – going thru seed catalogs now and planning.
    Working on the garden beds. Mid Feb will start some transplants in the house.

    Still have swiss chard, carrots, kohlrabi, cabbage,kale, and celery hanging in there – so not going hungry :) Also plenty of squashes in the house and potatoes still. Even 2 tomatoes that just finally turned red on the counter. :)

  • 2 Cindy // Jan 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Marci, I know I shouldn’t complain about the rain but it’s danged depressing. Everything is mud brown….

  • 3 www.allaboutalternatives.com // Mar 10, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Yes we are all getting itchy to get in garden. Here in Kansas having about the same weather. A buddy of mine got his seedless tomatoes planted a couple weeks ago. inside I am going to try some seedless tomatoes this year . He says they taste better. Nothing better than a good tomatoe, lettuce , ham or balogna sandwich.
    Smokey

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