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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MERRY MARIJUANA

DENVER (AP) -- Forget the mistletoe -- think marijuana instead. Colorado's legal pot sellers have holiday offerings for their customers. This will be the first holiday season since retail marijuana became legal in the state. The Grass Station in Denver has a Black Friday special -- an ounce of weed for just 50 bucks for the first 16 customers in line Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Other pot sellers are going for the high-end, high market. Colorado Harvest and Evergreen Apothecary are releasing some top-shelf strains for the season. Of course, you can't send pot through the mail. So, many of the stores offer T-shirts, rolling papers and other items Colorado's legal tokers can send out of state.

UGLY CHRISTMAS TREE

READING, Pa. (AP) -- It's like "A Charlie Brown Christmas" for some folks in Pennsylvania. The 50-foot Christmas tree in downtown Reading (REH'-ding) was criticized as being ugly. City Council president Francis Acosta had ordered that the spindly spruce be given the ax and replaced by a more impressive fir. But the tree that couldn't get any respect is now getting some love. Council President Acosta has ordered workers to stop removing the ornaments. The tree will now stay.

CHRISTMAS TREES-GROWERS

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) -- This Christmas looks a lot merrier for some Wisconsin tree growers. Christmas Treeland in Baraboo lost a few hundred trees due to dry weather this year. That compares to the 10,000 trees lost by growers Jim and Suzanne Dohner in each of the last two years. Christmas Valley Tree Farm owner Jack Meegan says this is a "very good" year. He tells the Baraboo News Republic he only lost a small percentage of his tree crop this year. He says his family-owned business sells 300 to 400 trees a year.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-DIRTY CARS

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- There's something dirty in Burbank city government. We're not talking corruption but cars. To help save water during California's historic drought, the city isn't washing its vehicles. The Los Angeles Times reports the unwashed rides number more than 300 including police cars and fire trucks. But the washing ban doesn't apply to windows, for safety reasons. "Go Dirty for the Drought" stickers are being put on the city's unwashed fleet.

 
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