I was sitting at my desk reading the e-mails that have come in this morning. Actually, just perusing the titles, as My Inbox grows daily with 100’s of emails. Many are advertising some are newsletters that I have subscribed to, and occasionally one needs immediate attention. Today, My reading was the “Morning BS Alert: Rush Limbaugh you are loved and you are missed”. This is the newsletter produced by Bo Snerdley. For all you “Ditto Heads” remember Rush’s “Stack of Stuff” and his call screen Mr. Snerdley, the Same person who is the author of this newsletter. I am not privy to what his relationship was or when it started with Rush, it doesn’t matter. He is culminating the same “Stack of Stuff” that rush would go through. I understand that he even has his own Radio Show, but I digress. One of the next topics would be catalogs for two different seed supply companies. Burpee and Gurneys. According to Burpee today is “National Cabbage Day”. So of course, they are showing the Picks of the patch. The pictures always look so great, and make you want to plant away…. Depending upon your “Zone” the catalogs tell you when to start seeds indoors, when to move them, or when to plant them outdoors. Of course, these catalogs offer both seeds and Live plants. I have obtained both in the past. This February, it is now time, in my Zone (7) to start planting indoors. The last Frost is allegedly sometime in late April. The 26th I think. But yesterday in my state you can never guess what it is going to be wet or dry cold or hot Severe Storms or Winter storms. Yesterday we had both! The Far west was receiving 3-7 inches of snow while the southwest was dry windy and cold the middle of the state was windy and cold (never made it above 29) yet the far Southeast was in the 70’s. On Wednesday We had winter storms with heavy Snow in the western panhandle and severe Thunderstorms coming through the central parts moving ENE and storm trackers out following Mesocyclones and possible Tornados. Will Rogers Once said, “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, just wait a minute. It will Change”. Yes, Oklahoma has some strange weather patterns. So back we go to Planting time… Most seeds take 6 weeks to be ready to start acclimating them to the outside, but that would be in March and Easter is in late April. It is common to have a hard freeze in Easter week. The kind of cold that can wipe out Tender seedlings. So, what to? OK Class, now open your 2023 “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” to page 127…Read 127,129 and 131. That gives you an idea of what the weather should be including the week of Easter. I must admit that reading the entire book is often informative and amusing. It is also filled with information for all. My Grandmother (Nanny) would always get a copy at “Kroger” so she could know when to plant what and for Grandad to know when the fishing would be better.
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Planting time: I guess with all the data I have retrieved from the various sources; I will begin planting this weekend in my indoor greenhouse and Pots near a window. I have not yet begun to work outside and get the garden space determined and begin getting it ready for spring. I love to dig in the dirt and grow things. Until next time, may your gardens grow.