To Wet To Plant!

2015 ushered in the start of my Tiny Farms 6th year of this long running drought. For the first time in more than 5 years it is to wet to plant my garden vegetables. That’s a good thing.

Over the past 6 days my rain gauge has registered almost 8 1/2 inches(216mm) of much needed rain.
It has not been all fun and games. This week, if I haven’t lost count, southwest Oklahoma has had more funnel clouds than I count and 19(I think) confirmed tornado’s on the ground, all confirmed by trained storm spotters. We have been mostly lucky ‘so far’ they have caused little homedamage, loss of life or other property damage.

Enhanced Fujita scale (EF-Scale) is used to describe expected/observed tornado damage. EF storms are rated EF0 – EF5 damage increasing as the EF number increases.
EF0 = 65-85 mph winds
EF1 = 86-110 mph winds
EF2 = 111-135 mph winds
EF3 = 136-165 mph winds
EF4 = 166-200 mph winds
EF5 = 200 + mph winds
——-EF0—–EF1…..EF2—–EF3…..EF4…..EF5
Wind—Weak——>…..Strong—->…..Violent—>
Damage Moderate–>…..Significant
………………………….Intense———–>

FYI 1999 Bridge Creek – Moore tornado – Mobile radar recorded winds up to 301 mph (484 kmh), which is the highest wind speed ever measured on Earth.

I hope this tornado rating (EF scale) and expected property damage based on tornado wind speeds(EF scale).

All of the farm ponds are full, creeks and small rivers are running bank to bank and a few are in flood stage.
Wheat crops look better that they have looked in at least 5 or 6 years. Many of the farmers that planted cotton will have to replant when the soil dries a bit. Seed beds were washed away leaving the fields flat as a plate.

:-)In a week or so I will plant / replant corn, squash, cucumbers and okra.

I’m hopeful that this has been the drought busting rain we have been waiting for.

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13 responses to “To Wet To Plant!

  1. So incredible to hear about your twisters. And we thought we were hard done by when strong winds, the other day, blew down one of our rather dilapidated fence panels! Here in southern UK, still worrying about frosty nights and surprisingly not enough rain!

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    • Big Smile …. Not to say we are beaten down by the weather. It is just our sort-a normal spring season. If conditions,mostly the jet stream location, allows moisture to come in from the Gulf of Mexico, we will receive thunderstorms and often tornado’s will develop as well. Not to worry, it’s just a part of who we are and where we live.

      Happy gardening

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  2. Gardening is such a task between droughts, critters, bugs, extreme heat etc. The rewards are worth every bit of work! I could not imagine a drought as we live on an Island surrounded by water. My fear is frost right now as I planted some of my larger veggies (corn, pumpkin, squash, beans etc) that were started in the greenhouse but so large they had to be planted. We had 90 degree temperatures over the weekend and Wednesday we are going to have a 38 degree day! Go figure

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    • Big grin … that’s the real world, As I often hear my ‘real’ farmer friends say, It is always, to wet, to dry, to hot or to cold.

      Wheat has been in dry stress conditions since planting last September, now if it stays wet to long it will begin lodging(falling to the ground). Making difficult or imposable to combine.
      Farmers are a hardy bunch of folk.

      Happy gardening

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  3. I’m pleased that you received some rain, but I hope those twisters stay away…..

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  4. And we have had a drrrry April in Kent, S.E. England, so that I found myself last night watering the garden from the bath once more. I hope that stored water keeps you going for the summer.

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    • 😦 In the real heat of summer, water can become a real problem. With a little wind and temps near or above 100 degrees F(38C) evaporation rate is often 1/2 inch(12mm) or more everyday. It can be a real challenge to put down water faster than it can evaporate.

      Good luck and happy Gardening

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  5. Send your rain to California. They’ll love you for it.

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  6. So glad to hear you’ve had life-giving rain at last, although those twisters sound terrifying and something we (normally) don’t have to worry about in Australia. The perils of trying to produce food are underrated by most people!

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    • Grin … There are far to many children and adults that don’t have a clue how food is grown or even that milk comes from cows, not the supermarket.

      Happy gardening

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