Wednesday, May 7, 2014
I Know this Tune Well
I know this tune. Yep I remember it well from 2012. That hot, dry Southern Wind that can suck the moisture out of everything and the dried, cracked ground while the weather people constantly predict "Scattered Thunderstorms" that never seem to happen.
For one thing it is entirely too early in the year for Scattered Thunderstorms. Those come in June and July. This time of year should be Rain, Rain, Cloudy, Rain, Sunny, Rain, Rain... and the rain should be made up of a front spanning from Arkansas to the top of Iowa. Not these little red spots you see wandering around the map.
With that hot, dry wind I was talking about the seedlings have taken a severe beating, especially yesterday when I was gone all day. Simply put just like in 2012 you cannot water seedlings enough to counteract that wind unless you stand out there the entire day pouring water on them.
As I said that wind is literally sucking the very moisture right out of everything.
So the rush was on today to at least get my precious tomato seedlings in the ground before any more damage is done.
I can only hope that this is just a short term repeat of the 2012 drought and our normal weather will kick back in soon.
I tilled the tomato section up and put in 36 T-posts, strung my first two lower support lines and got 56 tomato seedlings in the ground and watered. I swear I drank at least five gallons of liquid today working in that sun and merciless wind.
I was also able to get the squash and zucchini beds planted which included transferring six volunteers of some type yet to be revealed of squash/zucchini along with another half dozen sunflower volunteers for end row markers as well.
As bad as the top couple of inches are I was pleased with the moisture and consistency of the soil underneath. As I said all is not lost yet we are only just a bit dry and there is still time for things to bounce back. Getting the tomatoes and all the support posts and line run is the most labor intensive and time consuming part of the garden each year. It just takes hours to get it all complete but the rest of the garden should go together much faster now.
We still have the melons, corn, peppers and my little green shoots of tobacco to plant along with some purple potatoes the wife picked up for some reason.
At least the grass has already started slowing down from the lack of water but if it kills off the Dutch Clover once again my bees are going to be in trouble.
I am going to go out and do a rain dance now.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!