Fire Crews Battle Blaze At Mt. Olivet Cemetery

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Wacky Weather - 04/14/14

  It may be baseball season, but I sure didn't expect this curveball.  If you planted your flowers or vegetables this weekend, you were with the crowd.   Our Home Depot even ran out of pine straw.  The 80 degree days certainly got us all in the mood for a little weed pulling and color infusion. 

  Now, news of temps, that my flowers and yours, won't like!  The National Weather Service even says we have the potential to set a record.   The lowest temp on record for April 16th (tomorrow, also tax day) is 28 degrees.  That was set back in 1988.  Our projected low?  29 degrees.

   If you were out there diggin' in the dirt yesterday... don't beat yourself up.  Every grower's guide I've looked at today says we're safe to start planting after April 6 in the Nashville area.  Heck, I would have started on April 7 if it wasn't still so cold.

   Just out of curiosity, I took a deeper look at the NWS data for April.  Most of the records dealt with tornadoes and high winds.   There were some records set for cold weather, but thank goodness.. these are rare folks. 

   The only record more astonishing than the one we could break this week was a rare freeze and snowfall on April 25, 1910.  This is the latest date on record for measurable snowfall.   Talk about extremes: on April 26, 1989 Music City set a record high at 91 degrees.  The heat I can take... the cold I can't. 

   So, what to do now?  Some horticulturalists recommend bed sheets to cover your new plants.  You can even use burlap or newspaper.   One site suggested cutting the bottoms off milk, juice or soda jugs and placing it over the baby plants.  It acts as a mini greenhouse.   While these are all great ideas,  the practicality at our house is just not there.  The fact is we did some serious planting this weekend.  There's a lot of territory to cover and I just don't think I have enough sheets to go around.  I could get my kids out of bed when I get home and steal their sheets.  They have sleeping bags, but I don't think that would go over so well.  I read my newspapers online so newspaper's not an option.  Our milk and juice cartons are full.  We just went to the store.  And finally, I'll be tired by 11:00pm tonight and probably won't feel like fumbling around in the cold and dark.

    So, here goes nothing.  I'm going to let go of the controls and let nature take its course.  I'm anticipating the most beautiful, bountiful garden ever --- when summer finally gets here.  Who's with me?  








































































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