Friday, February 3, 2012
No, it's not snowing, my new header photo above is from a couple weeks ago when we got a "dusting." It is also to remind me that this is winter. This week, we had two 60 degree plus days following a non-winter of mild temps. Lots of hand wringing has ensued. As much as I detest cold weather, I do worry about pests coming back with a vengeance in the spring.
I was looking for a good article I recently read that explained the "warm winter" when I came across this hilarity: Brutal Winter Predicted for U.S.
Here is the article about the jet stream's influence on this winter.
The mild snap has ensured a steady harvest of greens, but it is also making me even more eager to start planting! I'll have to bide my time with seed starting and planning. After all, the last frost date is still early April, and I know winter is nowhere near over.
Ever the optimist, I'm sure the predicted cold February will set things right, and March is usually pretty miserable around these parts. The Farmer's Almanac long-range forecast is predicting a cool spring and summer, so maybe I should try again with plants like broccoli and cauliflower--both have eluded heading for me in past brief spring seasons.
Coming soon: seed orders arrive and a new seed starting station!