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RE: Almost spring
  • Subject: RE: Almost spring
  • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 10:56:48 -0500

When it's 100 degrees here in June you guys can tell me all about the
beautiful flowers you have in your gardens. And in the fall when our
50mph winds whip up blinding dust storms, you can tell me about the fall
colors in your neighborhood. I may not want to live with snow but
believe me, this desert climate is not kind. 
At the moment it is dreary grey here too with the occasional raindrop
and about 50F, supposed to get a little colder with clouds and showers
through the weekend.
I gave husband his chore for the weekend, he is charged with pulling out
the giant rosemary bush in the vegetable garden. We have several others
in the front so I don't need it for kitchen herbs and it is so big it
provides a haven for ground squirrels and rabbits underneath it. It has
irrigation so I could reutilize that space for something else. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Donna
Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 5:17 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Almost spring

Excuse me..... spring? what is that?
Yesterday I woke up to 6" of snow on the ground... today, it was another
but since some of it melted from the previous day, it had a nice coating
ice under the new snow.....
I have no idea what sunshine looks like.... can't remember a day that
overcast and cloudy.....

--- On Tue, 2/23/10, Aplfgcnys@aol.com <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote:

From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Almost spring
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 12:10 PM

You're just rubbing salt into wounds, Cyndi.
After our extremely bitter cold a week ago we had three days
of unseasonably mild weather - low 30s at night and low 40s
in the daytime, but still gloomy. Then one day of sunshine, and
now we have a lovely mix of rain, sleet and snow with temperature
at 33 degrees. I find it hard to imagine more disagreeable weather.

My seed orders came this week, but some days I wonder if I'll
ever get to plant them. Saw the first chipmunk yesterday and
another this morning.  They usually stay dormant for a few more
weeks. They are such a plague, I'm almost tempted to resort to
the remedy an old lady used to tell me.  She used to say, "Just
get a package of Ex-lax and put it around your garden - you'll
have no more trouble with them."  I could never bring myself to
do that, but last year they were eating the seeds in the ground
as fast as I could plant them.

In a message dated 2/23/2010 11:25:42 AM Eastern Standard Time,
cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil writes:

Despite this morning's frost it is definitely getting to be spring. I
have quite a few daffodils blooming now, I wish I could remember to pick
some in the morning to take to work, it's so cheery to see them on my
desk. And the Earlicheer ones smell so good too.
It wasn't particularly good weather last weekend. My volunteer thing
cancelled on Saturday due to rain Friday night, and we decided we were
too wimpy to ride in the wind, but it was good enough to work outside
for a while. I spent time digging grass out of the front garden beds and
when I got bored with that I pruned back rabbitbrush and salvias.
Planted some more seeds in the greenhouse too, and I located an ocotillo
I could take some cuttings from. They aren't too common here but I
figured I would try starting them.
It rained again Sunday afternoon and the forecast says another front is
coming in Saturday. Figures it would be the weekend. But if I can't ride
and it isn't actually pouring I will be out in the front garden, I was
looking at some things I can do even if it's drizzling out. I think I
could plant some more of the veggie garden too, even though it's a month
till last frost I could take a chance with the chard, cilantro, and
maybe spinach. 


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