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Here we go. I am so sorry that we had a low this morning of 27 es, igh today only in the 40's. Again tonight, and Wed night lows below 30. I know how all of you feel after the 70's the first part of April. BUT this makes the averages for the month come out to what they are. Soon the weather will warm up, soon you can plant and be in the garden.
Opening up date is Friday April 23rd. Open at 9-6. Monday thru Saturday and Sunday 11-4. I will be open for 75 days in a row till July 4th. We are here to help with your gardening needs.
We have strawberry plants in. The asparagus roots came in this week. Bulk seeds for your vegetable garden. We have seed potatoes as in Kennebec, Yukon Gold, Norland, Red Pontanic. White, red and purple onions sets. All the first plants to put out in the garden are ready to go. That would be cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi, cauliflower. I don't have them outside yet to hardened off, so that is one thing I would suggest you do. Keep them out side while the temperature is not freezing for them to harden off. Then they will be ready to be planted in your garden. If you plant them right from a warm greenhouse, they will wilt which I call the greenhouse wilt.
Gardening really all depends on the weather we have. Here are some weather proverbs that science says they are true.
Weather proverbs—the delightful, often rhyming, couplets and colorful statements that typically link a natural event with a meteorological condition—originated centuries ago when people watched the skies, oceans, plants, and animals for clues of what to expect weatherwise. Here’s why we, too, can rely on these age-old adages.
Proverb: A year of snow, crops will grow.
Why: A several-inch layer of snow contains more air than ice. Trapped between the interlocking snowflakes, the air serves to insulate the plants beneath it. When the snow melts, the water helps to keep the ground moist.
Proverb: If there is thunder in winter, it will snow 7 days later.
Why: According to Topper Shutt, chief meteorologist for WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., this is true about 70 percent of the time, especially from the East Coast to the Plains. Thunder in winter is an anomaly often caused by a big dip and a big rise in the jet stream (a powerful wind current that acts like railroad tracks, guiding high and low pressure systems from west to east across North America and separating cold air in the north from warm air in the south). As cold air moves south, it replaces warm air and lifts it up, often causing thunderstorms. The cold air behind the front settles in. Depending on the strength of the front, it may hang around for many days. When the next weather system arrives several—if not exactly 7—days later, temperatures may still be cold enough to cause the moisture in the system to fall as snow.
Proverb: A ring around the Moon means rain will come real soon.
Why: A ring, or halo, around the Moon is caused when the light of the Moon refracts through ice crystals present in high-level clouds. Although these clouds do not produce precipitation, they often occur in advance of an approaching low-pressure system, which often brings precipitation in the form of rain or snow.
Weather clues are all around us. There are no real surprises, says Environment Canada’s David Phillips. Before a tornado, for example, the sky may turn green and the approaching wind might sound like a train at a distance.
Here are a few clues to making your own predictions:
Pay attention to winds and clouds.
These are the big predictors of changes in barometric pressure and resulting weather. For instance, the adage “No weather is ill, if the wind be still” indicates a high-pressure system, a broad area of descending air characterized by calm winds and little cloud formation.
Observe sheep, cats, and cows.
Their bodies are affected by changes in air pressure. When rain is on the way, old sheep turn their backs to the wind, cats sneeze, and cows lie down.
Wtch birds in flight.
Air pressure affects many birds. For example, swallows have sensitive ears; when the barometric pressure drops, they fly as close to the ground as possible, where air density is greatest. Generally, low-flying birds are signs of rain; high flyers indicate fair weather.
till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky's Greenhouse Dougherty Iowa email@example.com 641-794-3337 cell 641-903-9365
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