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Re: weather rant flooding weekend chores

Have mercy I don't know HOW y'all can stand it. I finally got the shrubs
planted today, but they really should have gone in the ground in
February - more time to get established before the blast furnace sets
in. The clay is still quite moist but workable (BARELY) and man does
that stuff weigh a short ton. I put a semi-raised bed in for the mahonia
using concrete pads set on their sides and counter-sunk into the ground.
This will keep the overflow torrents from tearing it up too durning
heavy storms. Also cleaned feeders and bird baths, even scrubbed the
rocks in the birdy wading pool.

My poor back.  Will trim up the herb bed after lunch. 

Happy Saturday y'all

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Richard T. Apking" <richa@midlands.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sat, 8 Mar 2003 11:33:52 -0800

>Hi Donna,
>I know what you mean, so far I've lucked out by beliveing in the middle of
>May.  I do use "walls of water on my tomatos and peppers just as a matter of
>course.  They just seem to like that heat lasting a little longer.  I have
>covered some plants in the spring, but not often.  Perhaps here in the gumbo
>dirt river valley we are sheltered some.  Just don't know, but it works for
>me.  Rich in Z-5
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2003 6:12 AM
>Subject: RE: [CHAT] weather rant now: flooding
>> I have to agree with Ceres... Somewhere between May 15 to the 25 we will
>> have a bad frost here. Happens every year:(  Always dieing to plant
>> before that, as we usually have some nice weather for a few weeks. I
>> have learned to wait with all in ground plants. Planters (moveable ones)
>> get planted much earlier and take refuge in the garage for the frost.
>> Of course everyone around here buys all their plants in the beginning of
>> April. Duh! This causes everyone to do it, or by the time it is planting
>> season begins, the nurseries are bare.... drives me nuts! One year we
>> didn't have any tomato plants, cause I rebelled and would not buy them
>> till May 1... couldn't find any, sold out. So now I play the game,
>> outside in those darn little trays if it is nice out, back inside for
>> the crappy days.... I store them all in my little red wagon and wheel
>> barrels.... easy to move in and out...
>> Donna
>> > > Looks like the last frost date
>> > >this year will be 15 May for sure.
>> >
>> > Rich, how can you be assured of this?  The projected ALFD is 15 May
>> but
>> > several of the past few years we have had frosts after that.  I
>> thought we
>> > had one on the 17th last year but I checked my planner and if we did,
>> I
>> > didn't  record it  I receive frost in my garden when only 3/4 mile
>> away
>> > has
>> > none due to the lay of the land.
>> >     Ceres
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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