Re: [gardeners] almanac weather

Jane Burdekin (
Fri, 29 Jan 1999 14:55:52 -0600

Sheesh George, I plant pea seeds out on or just before St. Patricks Day
here in Colorado and that is early.  I do have those hardy pansies and a
primrose blooming now.  I can't imagine planting out seedlings in Feb.
They would be covered with that  "s" word for sure.  See I 'm learning.


>margaret lauterbach wrote:
>> 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
>Our predicted last frost date is February 18th but the old folks in the area
>insist they don't plant until Saint Patrick's Day, March 17th. I planted early
>last year and lost all seedlings to a late frost, will wait until at least
>February 15th this year. But, then, it does feel a lot like spring. The
>narcissus have been blooming for a couple of weeks, one of the Gerbera daisies
>is blooming, the honey bees are roaming around unseasonably, and the mosquitoes
>are ferocious. <VBG>