This will be my last blog post for 2012. So, you will need to suffer through my whining about the 2012 weather and my past mostly failed gardens plans.
My Tiny Farm Normal, if there is such a thing as normal weather. Average Annual Rainfall is about 33 inches.
Days With Precipitation: 60 mostly in May and June and again in September and October.
Thunderstorm Days: 50 – Hail storms producing hail 1 inch or larger: 4 per year.
Snow, sleet or Ice storm days 6
Growing Season is about 220 days
Highest temperature recorded this (2012) summer was 118 degrees with another 8 or 10 days exceeding 114 degrees.
I have suffered under Severe, Extreme and Exceptional drought conditions for the past 5 growing seasons. 2013 will likely be my 6th year to see below normal rainfall and above normal temperatures. At this rate we will soon tie the 7 year drought of (1949-1956). However depending on who’s data you look at we are still 8 years away from reaching the 15 years (1922-1937) drought that was at the heart of causing the so called Great American Dust Bowl.
Lakes that provide tap water for cities and towns and many of us that live in the country are drying up. Most areas are under water rationing plans of one sort or another. When summer time daily evaporation rates are 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch daily, using tap water to apply 1/2 – 3/4 inch water daily watering gardens, lawns, shrubs, fruit trees and such is not a viable option.
Even reverting to a few containers to grow vegetables I sometimes have a failed effort. With the heat and evaporation rates, I must be home to water container plants at least 1 time and some days 2 times a day or the hot dry winds kill my plants.
Grin .. it’s not easy being an Okie on a Tiny Farm in Southwest Oklahoma.
After all my whining about the weather, I will still till my garden plot and plant my garden hoping my long running hot, dry spell will soon come to an end.
Cool weather root crops like radish, beet, Turnips and onions will get planted in mid-March and sweet corn first week of April. Warmer weather crops like Zucchini, Yellow Summer Squash and Cucumbers will get planted the first or second week of May followed by Okra, Peppers and Tomato’s last week of May. I plan on planting 2 or 3 Tomato’s and Cucumbers in containers in mid-May as well.
Spring planted cole crops like Cabbage and Brussels sprouts and Broccoli tend to bolt to make seed before I can harvest a spring, summer crop, so cole crops will be planted mid to late July for a fall crop weather permitting.
I lost my entire herb garden the past 2 summers to the dry hot weather followed up by cold dry winters, but, I will try again in large container that will reside on my back porch.
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