Sunday, April 3, 2016

Last frost is a doozy

One green soldier rides away.
At least I hope it was the last frost.

So anyway, the lovely and gracious Rogue planted some tomatoes in the new raised bed last week. While I hadn't planned to put any in until nearly June*, she picked up a few Romas on the cheap and after hardening them off properly, measured them out and dug them in.

Unfortunately, the weather prophets got Friday night's numbers wrong by 10 degrees: instead of a low of 40, we woke up Saturday at 30 degrees and with a 5-for-6 killing frost.

But the forecast for the next 2 weeks looks good and hope springs eternal, and I see there's a really good sale on Romas down at the local farm store...

* The back tomato beds are currently full of garlic, so I have just started my tomato seeds and will transplant them at 6-8 weeks.

8 comments:

  1. had i had a bit more wisdom in my youth, i'd have trained for a job where i could be as incompetent as a weather forecaster.

    seriously, you'd do almost as well to throw darts at a board.

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    1. Perhaps you could find a position as a climate scientist. The great thing with that job is that you can say what you like and will be long retired before your predictions come untrue.

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  2. Sleeping in...when I got up on Saturday to go to work it was pleasant, then it got cold later in the morning.

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  3. Still a bit chilly to think about the garden, but I got a dozen chicks ordered.

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    1. We still have 9 hens from last year and they've started laying like crazy, so we're going to skip the chick step this year and go straight to omelets.

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    2. Well that's nice. My wife said the chicken killing dog made an appearance again today.

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  4. Sorry about the frost taking the tomatoes. Hubs started filling empty milk jugs (juice would probably work just as well) and making a circle of them around his new planted tomato plants. As the chance of frost lessens, he uses them to water the plants one at a time.

    Do you need egg cartons? There are a bunch on top of the fridge at church and a stack on my kitchen counter that are about to meet an untimely demise.

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    1. I have egg cartons a-plenty, but thanks.

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