Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Changeable weather

I overheard a comment this afternoon (a store cashier) telling her colleague -- I can't ever remember it being so cold in April before.  This is a curious comment, since historically, in our mountain town, the last average frost date is April 15.

Not that many years ago, a April 8 "Easter freeze" had temperatures down to 22° in the Piedmont, so probably 5-8° lower in the mountains; it zapped natives and ornamentals alike.

But it is chilly, and we have forecasted lows of 27° for Saturday, nippy by whatever standards.

My cool-season veggies shouldn't be phased;  the kale, spinach, carrots, beets, chard, lettuces, peas, mustards, arugula, etc. all are looking good, along with the garlic and leeks, which overwintered.

I just hope it rains tonight as predicted; we need it!

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