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Redbud winter coverup

Covering up the spring garden

I looked back through the blog and found that I seldom mentioned Redbud Winter in the past. I'm not sure whether that's because I was planting at a more reasonable time back in Virginia or whether we just tended to get cold spells a week or so later (at which point it becomes Dogwood Winter).

Strawberry flower
Whether this is the new Ohio normal or just a fluke, though, we had lots to cover up before the current cold spell hit. Broccoli and peas and lettuce of various ages. Newly transplanted parsley and thyme. And the first few strawberry flowers just beginning to bloom. Here's hoping it doesn't get cold enough to nip the flowers through the row cover!

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Collective Ohio has been getting wetter & warmer - though for about a decade as mid-March passed what should be a steady Spring/warmer weather has been oscillating wildly. In short as now Winter can hang on much longer. Then don't be shocked if you quickly move from Heat to need AC. Ohio has never had good weather but it has gotten worse. Monsoon springs/hot humid summers/ then some real dip cold winters with heavy, long heavy overcast skies. A check finds Cincinnati gets more rain than London England and Seattle Washington. In the course of a year you'll find one true good day out of seven.
Comment by Jim Tue Apr 17 11:09:09 2018

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