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Gooood Saturday morning. Balmy 39 degrees today.

Posted Saturday, January 17, 2009, at 10:48 AM

The past three days have been too busy for me to blog. Besides taking care of business, I had to feed the fire and part of that was splitting more wood to feed that fire. A good ol' country health spa.

Although the goldfish pond has been frozen over a few days, the stream between the upper falls (filter) and second falls stayed open for the birds and some nocturnal animals to get their drink.

Strangely, the water going over each falls froze over with water running underneath, but the four foot section of stream never froze. I am supposing the rocks on both side and ground heat gave it the extra needed to stay open. Good thing since the extra water we put out there froze overwithin 30-45 minutes.

Hopefully, this is the coldest snap we will have this year. I like the short seasons we have to give us change, but I like winter to be the shortest.

Some people prefer the winter because of their favorite activities (skiing, ice fishing, skating). Some make some of their seasonal income from the snow season like renting snowmobiles, ski resorts, cutting firewood, and digging out driveways.

My apologies to those who do, but I compare the cold snowy climate like a city. They are fun places to visit, but I don't want to live there.

With all that said, I will probably start some of my cool weather greens this week. I have seen from the fall that they can handle some pretty chilly weather, so as long as I harden them off well and give a little protection, I should be harvesting in early March.

It will be a real treat to get my hands back in the dirt, well... potting soil. I know that might have some of you scratching their heads, but many gardeners develop this "thing" for dirt.

The artichoke must be doing well under the mounds of wood chips. They keep growing their tops out and I keep cutting them off, but this past week I let the freeze do it. Maybe that will get the point across that they need to do their growing underground or just chill out for another 6-8 weeks.

I compared notes with another grower at the last Weed'em and Reap meeting and they have had no luck growing this as an annual either. I planted them early this past spring (even had to cover them a few times, but they did not flower. Maybe our weather swings get them confused.

I read that the plant needs to chill, so they should be happy now. Hopefully it did not please them to death.

I also read that cutting them back will help them form more (smaller) flower heads. If that works, mine should have a record number, whatever that is.

Sitting here I looked over at the begonias I brought to the last meeting and need to propagate some more. Jere & Donna, I think it is a variegated Angel Wing Begonia, but I will put a picture up here in a separate post and see what people say. It flowers, but infrequently and they are not spectacular, but any are nice.

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What happened to the 39 degrees?

Now the "high" is lowered to 33? Darn, I was counting on wearing shorts today, while I chopped more wood.

Oh well, weather-persons should never get bored.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 17, 2009, at 1:30 PM

Anyone know where the temperature is measured that shows in the top, right corner of this page?

My temperature measuring device must be broken up here on the hill, 'cause I have not seen mine go above 22 degrees all day.

Not complaining, it is better than the 0 I had the other morning, but.....

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jan 17, 2009, at 3:19 PM

I don't know about the temp on the t-g site but I know for a fact it felt a lot colder than 35 today. The wind today felt like ice

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sat, Jan 17, 2009, at 4:42 PM

It was colder when I left the house (33 degrees), than it is now (39 degrees), from my thermometer readings. It sure was cold out this afternoon.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Sat, Jan 17, 2009, at 11:52 PM

Six deer browsed our yard this morning and I feel bad that they could not get through the ice on our bathtub,water-garden at the base of one of our regular gardens. The only open water is up by the house and they did not come that close.

I probably need to put some electricity or solar down there so I can run a recirculating pump. Come to think of it, electricity is so expensive now, I better find another way.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 18, 2009, at 11:23 AM

Hmmmm I wish the t-g temp on this page was correct mine is saying 83 degrees :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Jan 19, 2009, at 12:59 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.