We’re growing

Yes the weather has been lovely, days in the mid 60-70, with an occasional 80 and almost 90 thrown in for good measure. The nights have been cool, upper 40-50’s. But with lovely weather, lots of sunshine, the plants are growing. The peas have already started coming up, the fruit trees have had their flowers and we now have little apples appearing. Even the plus had lots of blossoms this year. If all goes well maybe we’ll have plums later this year. We have a lot of blossoms on them right now.  So the growing season is looking up.

The fruit trees we had in the green house, mainly citrus, developed blossoms while in there. Those are looking pretty good right now. Some of the citrus and the avocados that spent the winter outside in the ground did not fair well. We may have to pull them and either put them in pots and see if they survive or just consider them gone. If we have to pull them out, some of the fruit trees in pots will be put in the ground in their place. That’s an idea I’m still toying with.

But right now everything looks good outside. We do have some problems with the watering system, but we’ll figure that out somehow.

We’re back to warm

We’ve had some warm, moist, humid, cool, stormy weather. Like that! We went from 60’s to just above freezing, and back up to warm. We had dry, to humid, to rain, storms, and back to dry in the space of a week.

My garden is trying to grow with this warmth. I didn’t really get to cut back my fruit trees, so we’ll see how they do this year. The apply trees are full of blossoms and when I was out there today it was just buzzing with bees. The plum trees look like they are getting ready to blossom too. I’m not sure if I need a pollinator for the Santa Rosa plum, but I may look into that. We have yet to get any plums from it. Though we did get a couple one year, the bugs or something got to them before we could.

Last week since we have some dry days I turned up the soil in the veggie beds. This week I put in seed. I planted:

  • beet
  • broccoli
  • carrot
  • onion
  • peas
  • beans
  • sweet pepper
  • swiss chard
  • spinach

I need to get some lettuce planted too. This time I may put them in barrels instead of in the ground. I also need to get the basil out of the green house and into the yard.

Hopefully they will grow this year. I also rearranged where things went. So the peppers are not where they have been planted before. I don’t know if that will make a difference, but we’ll try this year and see. I am thinking I may put some of the sorrel into the permanent bed. I like sorrel, but Pat killed my other plant. I am growing some from seed this year and its in a pot. I might take some of it and move it into the ground.

But the berries look like they are doing okay. The blueberries look happy and are getting blossoms. Even the lemon trees have blossoms so maybe I’ll get lemons this year. I do love the meyer lemons.

Now hopefully the weather will cooperate and growing can commence.

Texas weather

This is how strange Texas winter/spring weather can be. The other day we were happily in the 60’s – 70’s. Two days ago we had a high of 77, and yesterday was a high of 70.  Right now, 4:15 pm it is all of 36 degrees.  We’ve been having some rain (0.20 inches yesterday and about the same today), and it is a cold rain. Tonight they are saying a cold of 33-36. Yet tomorrow will be mid 40’s and Friday will be 60. By Saturday we will be 70.

Unfortunately the pump for transferring water to the storage tanks isn’t working. At this point all we know is there is a breaker or a GFCI that is popped and we don’t know where it is. We did some searching and didn’t find it. But since it is so cold and wet outside we will have to continue that search another day. Preferably when its warmer.

DH and I have gotten the plants out of the greenhouse and uncovered everybody else. We did that last weekend when the weather was warm. I was even able to pick up some strawberry crowns and get them in the ground in the planter. I was waiting for the rain to come before I put any seeds out. Since we will warm up after this cold spell I will put seed out probably either Friday or this weekend.

At this point all the weather forecasts say this is the last of the cold and the weather will warm. We should have a few warm dry days that will allow us to figure out the lack of power to the pump. But then we should have a few cool wet days. So hopefully we’ll be able to get the power back to the pump and capture the rainwater. The plants would like that I’m sure.

It COLD out there!

This is what KXAN.com has to say:
“Temperatures dipped to a record-smashing 15º at ABIA, and 18º at Camp Mabry — the coldest since Feb., 2011. We saw rural valley thermometers on the LCRA network as cold as 1º in NW San Saba County.”

We saw a low of 14 last night here at the house. So far the only thing I know that appears frozen is the  rain water. That is not flowing at the moment. It could be the pump, but I’m going to let the day warm up a bit before I go out and check it. 

Well the water did finally begin to run from the rain water. But we never got as warm as they said we would. They said 37, we got to 35. Its still cold out there. Its now 7 PM and already its down to 29.

It was so cold I had to go into the garage to put some stuff away. DH had left the garage door open and it was cold. It was so cold when I opened the door to the garage I couldn’t breathe. At least all I was doing was dropping off empty boxes. So I dropped off the boxes in the garage, walked back into the house and closed the door. Then I could breathe again. Such is cold weather asthma.

Tomorrow we should climb up to 42 with a low of 33. Ironically Friday is forecast to be 52, Saturday 69, and Sunday 70.  Welcome to Texas winter.

The cold stayeth

Last night we got down to 21.9. Tonight we might give down to 17. It will be cold.

Late last night we got rain. it was all of 35 degrees at the time, but it was rain. I was worried getting that kind of wet, then getting cold. This morning I woke up to find ice on the ground and on all the surfaces. The driveway was covered in a thin layer of what appeared to be ice and then we got freezing rain (?). It was like getting hit by little ice pellets that bounced when they hit.

Today we got up to all of 24 degrees. A friend came over and was able to drive up to the house.  Tonight though we will be cold and down to 17. That’s just simply cold.

With luck tomorrow the day time high will get up to 39, but we will again have a low of 19. But by Thursday both the day and night temps will be above freezing. That would be nice.

The cold man cometh

Its just after midnight and the cold has arrived. Its now 35 degrees outside and light rain. We’re supposed to get down to 28 tonight. Tomorrow, technically today, is to get to a high of 30 with a low of 19. I would say we have a definite wave of cold.

Originally Wednesday was supposed to be cold, barely above freezing. Now it looks like we may get up to almost 40. But the night will still be cold, like 29. The good news is by Thursday it should be warmer than originally stated. Thursday now looks like it should be 43 for a high, and a low of 37. And Friday look like its back up to 55. That will be nice. We will be leaving on Friday and its good to know the weather will be good enough for travel.

In the meantime I wonder what the morning will bring. We have wet on the ground now, and the temperature is still dropping. It should get own to 28 tonight so this rain could freeze and turn into ice. I know a few businesses have already sent notice that they intend to close tomorrow due to the weather.

We’ll enjoy the next few days here at home, not going out anywhere. That’s fine by me.

Yes we have another cold front

Last night we hit a low 30. And for tonight they are saying a low of 28. The next few evenings will be cold. We are expecting everything from 25, 38, then down to 27 and even 21 degrees at night. Ironically, most of the days will be in the 50’s. Only next Tuesday will be cold all around. Next Tuesday we expect a high of 32 with a low of 21. But by next Thursday we should be just cold – high of 43, with a low of 37. Now that is all due to change depending on the weather, but all in all not too bad. Especially since by next Friday, a week from today, the high will be 64.

Just Texas winter weather.

A new cold front

We have a new cold front coming in. I was out at a lesson, and in the time it took me for my lesson the temperature dropped a good 10 degrees. Withing a short while after that the wind picked up. We’ve gone from 68 to 42 in about two hours. They are saying tonight will get cold – down to about 32. Tomorrow daytime will be mid 50’s, but tomorrow evening will be about 29. Then Saturday night should be even lower – 24 degrees at night. The days will stay somewhat moderate, but the nights should be cold for the next few evenings. By a week from now the evenings should be above freezing. We’ll see what happens.

This is just the way winter works here in central Texas.

Its Texas cold

Happy New Year to all. We are cold here for Texas. We hit a low of 22 degrees last night. For Texas, that is cold. We’ve got a hard freeze warning for 3 days. The high for today might hit freezing, 32 degrees. We’ll see.  I’ll keep you posted.

Okay, our high today was all of 28. Its 10:30 PM and we are on the down hill slide. They are saying 21 for our low tonight. Tomorrow they say we should hit 34, but we’ll see. Tomorrow night may well be all of 19.  We’ll see what happens. I’ll keep you posted.