I'd like to tell you that I've got the entire garden planted! Well I would LIKE to tell you that.... Alas, I cannot. We got yet another freeze night before last along with around another inch or so of rain. The tornado's were off to our Northeast and we were lucky to just get some high winds and torrents of rain. I think the drought for this area just might be over now.
Those of you who've been following along for awhile might remember that since we moved here to Oklahoma we've been experiencing weather records. And not the good ones either! Rack another record breaker up for me here. The freeze two days ago was the coldest overnight temp for this late into April. Our last frost date is supposed to be April 15th.... Uhmmmm... not this year.
I've been trying not to stress over not being able to be out gardening. Wondering if it's safe to plant yet, I'm sure glad I waited. The neighbor wasn't so lucky. She'd set her tomato plants out a couple of weeks ago one day when the sun was deceptively shining. Three days later it froze. Then, just to be sure, it froze again the next night. Needless to say she will have to replant those tomato's. That kind of reminded me of the freaky early frost we had the first part of October last year. Just bad enough the first night to shock everything, and one more time the next night just to make sure what wasn't dead before is now. Gotta love gardening, eh?
I can't blame her for wanting to plant. Honestly? I did the same thing earlier this week. Monday here was beautiful and I couldn't stand it so I waded out into the muddy garden and set out about 20 tomato plants. Then I happened to hear the weather forecast on the radio saying it might freeze towards the end of the week. Well CRAP!!!! All's well though, we covered up the tomato's and they are ok. Everything else is still sitting in the greenhouse. It's even muddier out there now than it was before so I'm resigned to wait until it dries up enough to work in.
I did have a "Duhhh" moment the other day. The back of every pack of seeds gives instructions for planting. One of the first things most say is " Plant in the spring, after all danger of frost is gone." OK... I'm waiting.....