Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Loves Labors Lost?
Here in Tucson our growing season starts early. Some vegetables, such as lettuce, cabbage and onions can be planted as early as January. So I had a couple of guys come over with a tiller and we did some planting and got my garden off to a good start. Or so I thought. Then the bad thing happened.
We've been having crazy weather all over the world this year, but so far we in Tucson had missed the brunt of it. That is, until about a week ago. Then we had weather like we haven't had in half a century. Last week we got hit by an Arctic blast with near record and even record breaking cold temperatures, including 15° overnight lows--not the best thing for a newly planted garden. All I could do was give it a really good watering, cover as much as I could with sheets, and wait.
Four days later the weather finally came back to normal. Although I lost some plants it could have been worse. The onion and garlic bulbs I planted hadn't come up yet, so they should be okay. In fact today I noticed some of them are beginning to come up. And another batch of onions looks like they're going to make it too. I lost some of my cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, but I think some may still make it. I'll keep watering and I'll probably know for sure in another day or two, then I'll have to dig up the dead ones. I still have my receipts and Home Depot will give me credit, but here's the kicker--they lost all the plants in their inventory.
This weekend I'll replace what I can, then in about another month or so I'll plant the corn, squash, and the rest of the onions. I left the seeds in the shed, but seeds are pretty cold resistant, so they should all be okay.
It's funny how we urbanized Americans can take food so much for granted. Here grocery stores are always well stocked, and let's hope they always stay that way. Home gardening will teach you just how fragile our food sources can really be.
My thought for the day.
UPDATE: After a few days of watering it looks like more of them are coming back. Not all, but I didn't lose as many as I originally thought.