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I should at least offer an apology for not posting in such a long time, so consider this just that. This is a busy time for gardeners, garden writers, garden speakers, and bluegrass musicians. Which means I have less time for writing for fun, which means I’m making an excuse for why I’ve not posted in so long, which means I’m asking you to forgive me for not visiting all of your blogs.

(Thanks to Ginger, my iPhone, for helping make this excuse possible.)

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Spring’s Winter Weather

It never fails to return, if just for a few days, with snowfall even. When I first moved here from Kentucky I was stunned to find that it’s not unusual for it to frost in May around these parts, and snow on occasion. That was 22 years ago and I’ve still not gotten used to the weather patterns here in the northeast. Especially the wait for warm weather to finally settle in.

When it comes to planting warm season veggies, we generally try to wait until nighttime temperatures stay in the 50s, not in the 30s like it’s been lately. Our tomatoes and peppers are overanxious to get settled out in the garden, and we’ve annuals to pot up and plant. Memorial Day is our “last expected frost date,” should we push our luck and plant this coming weekend when temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60s with lows around 50?

The weather lately feels kind of Antarctical, perfect for penguins perhaps, but not for planting.

Handcrafted penguin gourd