[gardeners] almanac weather

margaret lauterbach (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Fri, 29 Jan 1999 11:19:36 -0700

Well, George says he and Anne should be planting spring garden, but don't
feel like it yet.  If the Old Farmers Almanac is right about their weather,
they should be planting their spring garden.  Feb. is supposed to be 5
degrees above average, March only 2 degrees below average, and April 4
degrees below average.  In southwest Idaho, we're supposed to be cold and
not wet enough.  I don't foresee any chance for the garden to dry out
sufficiently to rototill before St. Patrick's Day, when I start planting
the garden.  We're going to have to at least start out with no-till
methods.  That's probably okay, because I have a ton of shredded leaves in
the garden I can spread to prevent weed germination.  I just hope the
ground dries out enough that I can walk on it without compacting it when it
is time to plant.  

Shoot, we didn't even get the corn stalks ground up for mulch last fall.  I
don't remember whether to blame the start of the pro football season or
rain.  Sigh.  I'd give a lot for some of that 70 degree weather.  Our
weather is cold nights (in the low to mid 20s), and high 30s and low 40s in
the daytime.  Not encouraging.  Margaret