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I've always been envious of the cooler weather y'all get up north. The summers here are oppressive enough that being snowed in sounds like a more pleasant experience. It's only been this year that I've actually found a reason to look forward to spring.
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jal ut, we're between 6000 and 7000 ft on a mountain side, the higher up back you go. We had snow yesterday, not much.

The temp in the greenhouse goes up and down, the trees are big up here and shade the sunlight as the day goes on. Need a few more days before the greenhouse can be of use.

Ski season is almost over, than we'll migrate, to 4300ft for a bit, animals and all.

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Jeez.... it is making me crazy.... ordinarily I would have been planting outdoors a couple weeks ago. Here's my forecast for tomorrow (3/24!!):

Details for Sunday, March 24
Windy...a light wintry mix in the morning changing to rain, mixed with snow at times in the afternoon. Cold. High 37F. Winds ENE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of precip 70%.
Evening: Rain and snow in the evening turning to all snow late. Low 32F. ENE winds shifting to SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precip 70%. Snow accumulating 2 to 4 inches.

I took my 6 trays of cabbage broccoli and celery out for a few hours yesterday to get a little sun and so I could water them (they are all now in trays with holes in them) and then hauled them all back in. I've been bringing them in and out for almost a month now. They are looking the worse for wear and I'm tired of it!

More snow in the forecast Mon and Tues. The frustrating part is that the cabbage and broccoli could withstand a little snow and frost if hardened off and in the ground. I just can't get the little bit of break to get them to that point. About the time we are getting close, it goes back down to 19.... Where is spring?! And the longer it waits to get here, the more likely we go straight from winter to summer, with hardly any spring in between! :evil:
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I thought I was starting my seeds too late but, with the weather we're having, I may be too early! In the last 2 days we've gotten 6 inches of snow, then freezing rain, and temps with highs in the mid twenties and the lows near 0. :evil: I'm not a happy gardener!
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Warm weather, my big stinky booty. :lol: Anywhere from 6 - 12 inches of snow coming tommorow. I hope I didin't jump the gun with my onions.

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Yep, 22° F here this morning and 3 inches of fresh snow on the ground. I am not in gardening mode yet.
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cedillamuerta wrote:I've always been envious of the cooler weather y'all get up north. The summers here are oppressive enough that being snowed in sounds like a more pleasant experience. It's only been this year that I've actually found a reason to look forward to spring.
It is nice in the summer I don't really have to worry too much about over heat but the winter is just so long here :) makes it tough!
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I am not sure but I think lots of North America is having a long winter. Oh well my Son I here I have wine brewed and hot peppers producing in the basement :) I guess I'll make do. It was just a little overwhelming looking at nearly 3 feet of snow two weeks ago lol.
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We got about a foot but the roads are clear now, and there are patches of ground showing. I went out to check inside the greenhouse, see if it's warm enough. Where there is snow it's 3-4ft deep. I was wearing ug boots, got half way up to the greenhouse, Ug boots are slippery, I started sliding, threw the shovel I was carrying, made it to the bottom in one piece. Our place is a mountain side and the greenhouse is on a rise, well, you should a been there. I told the girls about skiing to down on my boots, they wanted to put down their school work and go out to try it.

2nd week in May is planting time here, a bit earlier in the greenhouse. It's the same at the lower ranch frost wise. but trees are sprouting down there when there is still snow up here. I came up and dug a couple apple trees out of the snow, took them down and planted them there, in two days they were sprouting, it was that warm.
When we get the greenhouse down there it will be great, doesn't frost in a greenhouse!

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I agree with the girls. That sound like a fun sliding hill :)

I have not been outside much since the snow slammed us here. I have been in the hospital with my wife as son since Thursday. Should be interesting to see what has happened when I go home tomorrow.

I am thinking more and more about a small season extender system on my strawberry bed and then a small green house somewhere in my garden area :)

Son is awake time to dance the night away :)
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Overnight low of 24°F outside and 40°F in the garage V8 Nursery.

Yesterday, I tried moving V8 nursery seedlings (broccoli, nions, cauliflower) outside once outside temps were up to 38°F, and shuffling the indoor Winter Paradise seedlings that prefer cool temps (celery, alyssum) and some of the miniblock tomatoes out to the vacated garage V8 Nursery once garage temp rose to 50's°F.

I waited until outside temp was finally up to 48° in the shade and 56°F in the sun and took out a tray of uppotted tomatoes outside for a bit of sun.

...shuffled them all back inside (into the house and into the garage) at sundown... (I don't think I could do that every day :roll: )

UNFORTUNATELY, we're not getting any snow here. We may have an earlier water restriction this year. :(

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I can't wait to start my dance between the shade, sun, shed and house. My wife always tells me I look nuts ! :)
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A freind of mine in Jackson Mississippi is expecting a frost. This winter is holding on. I am glad I held my toamto planting back this year.

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My smaller tomato plants remain outside in the cold frame, with the assistance of a 150 watt bulb. The larger plants look pitiful compared to last year's which grew outside most days after mid January. Maybe they will get outside some this coming week, but below freezing temperatures will require them to be brought in and highs in the 50's will limit outside time. Will likely move the plants to the greenhouse where they will get a bit more sunlight.

Temperatures supposed to be back up to near 70 this coming Saturday. Hopefully, this is the last prolonged cold spell, and we get a gradual warming trend that takes us to our typical frost free date in the second or third week in April.
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Sigh....this time last year I was harvesting lettuce. Today, I'm harvesting snow for the kids to make snow cream...

We've got about 3" on the ground and its coming down in buckets. It's 34 degrees at the moment so it's not piling up quite as well as it might have. Still, when it's all said and done in the morning, I bet we'll have 6 to 8"....

At least my cole crops are well insulated in their own private igloos...

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We are so waiting the lamb, not the lion of March. Not as cold and snowy as some of you, but still cold. Now going in a few days of 40's, lows 30ish. The flats of starts back in. I think we are getting the lower side of the system that hit you people from CO to Mid and going on to Delaware. Brrrr Our frost date is April 15, but there's usually more pretty warmer stuff preceding.
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Supposed to get 3 to 5" of snow tonight. The only good thing I can see is that this time of year it can't last very long. :)

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So I don't feel as bad. everyone is having a rough spring. It looks like Friday we should see +4 (38F) with the sun and the wind we get here in the parries it will make short work of the snow outside ;) I hope by the time I get my strawberries in the mail ill be able to plant them. should be interesting to see if I can in 3 weeks.
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Just planted (10) 8 in. tall tomato plants and now we're supposed to have overnight temps in the upper 30's low 40's for 3 days. Are they gonna make it? Suggestions?

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5 gal buckets and storage tubs.

White or translucent is good for keeping the interior bright, but they need to be removed before it gets too hot if it's sunny next day. You'll need bricks or heavy objects to weigh them down if it's windy. I use 2gal buckets of water sometimes.

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Okay, will do.

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Would that work for planting my strawberries early as well? What would the lowest temp be that it would work?
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Looks like the weather broke today! Time for the melt!

49 days until I can plant as well!!! Hazaaaaa

With my shorter season should I start my watermelons in the house? If so how far in advance?
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Re: Warm weather envy!!

Northernfox, We plant outside here second week in May. Our season is similar to yours in that was as we are at 6800ft, It looked like spring for a couple week, now it's been snowing for two days.

I started some peppers in and upstairs window. I'm not too handy with PhotoBucket and the like. but at times I sure would like to post pictures. Some people are able to post some great shots.

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Re: Warm weather envy!!

Valley, get to posting those photos! O:) Just a bit of a leaning curve, and the photos do add so much to one's post. Would love to see your high elevation location.
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I cant wait to see them!!! Now at least I have a friend in the same situation :)

You should watch the praxxus videos on pruning your peppers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XmfoASl ... ata_player

I think this is the one :)
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I got into the garden today and built my squash bed in the back corner. We are expecting 4" of snow tonight :(

This time last year I was in my garden turning my soil and planting my onions.
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4"? We're forecast to get double that in the city. This is just abysmal. It's not even that winter has returned, it's that spring has not even arrived yet. And there's no end in sight.

Six months of winter is just way, way too much. I no longer care about the farmers (who are likely getting screwed at this point anyway), the aquifers or the wetlands. I just want this garbage to end.

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most of the snow is gone!
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My wife and daughter showed me how to post pictures. I'll take some clearer shots.
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Wow it is looking good!!! I love the landscape !!
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Sasha wrote:4"? We're forecast to get double that in the city. This is just abysmal. It's not even that winter has returned, it's that spring has not even arrived yet. And there's no end in sight.

Six months of winter is just way, way too much. I no longer care about the farmers (who are likely getting screwed at this point anyway), the aquifers or the wetlands. I just want this garbage to end.
I hear the city got slammed lol. We got a dusting but once again the Dow Bubble protected fort sask
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Not really, at least not in the central areas - we only got about 5 cm, and it's already melting.

Still, temps of 0- +5 at this time of year is utter crap.

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There are acres of Fir, Pine and one Incense Cedar. Garden grows wonderful but we can grow more at the lower ranch. I'm patching the outside water system so I can turn on the water.

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We got 6" just a couple days ago, nothing left except up in the trees and at the north side of the house and barn, north side the house is a glacier 6 or 8foot of packed snow, nothing on the roads or where the sun hits.

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Knock on wood we might have spring here in the next few weeks !!
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It was spring here too. Suddenly It's SNOWING! Woopee winters back. I'll get a picture when it stops. Can't see the ground anymore.

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Maybe we'll skip summer this year? Not much, a warm day or two and it will be mostly gone.
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My goodness that is good and heavy snow !! Looks like I am out of the woods !!! Only a little but of snow left. I even got in there and built some new beds. I know they look bad but I figured I'd work with re-cycled building materials.

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