Wintr, that is. Yesterday, we were baking under a hot sun with temperatures in the 80’s and slightly dry Sana Anna wind. Towards evening, you could feel the shift in the wind (funny how you sense the smallest change). Waking up this morning, I found it cool and cloudy! By afternoon it was raining – pouring, coming down in buckets. Whoop de do. So far, since this afternoon (Thursday) we’ve gotten over ONE INCH and it’s still coming down nice and heavy. So wonderful to hear the rain pattering off the roof. Nice lullaby to go to bed.
(Weather Update FRI AM) It rained steadily ALL night. Justin has yet to check the rain gauge but I am guessing another 3/4 inches. That’s about 1 3/4 inches since yesterday afternoon.
Forecasters say more rain today and into Saturday.
While the garden and people (with gardens) are happy for this recent blessings from the sky, Fairlight and Blackberry are, well not to happy, wondering why their human masters can’t stop the wet stuff from falling. Goats hate rain. I mean hate with a capital H and they make sure you know that they are displeased with the weather.
In other news, we received word that a seed company will donate some bee & butterfly attracting flowers for the Feb 22nd Film & Food event. So if you are coming to the event you may get to take home some wildflowers! It’s always good to plant a beneficial border near your vegetable garden. Not only are wildflowers beautiful but they attract beneficial pollinators.
This week we made a bunch of soil blocks and planted our first tomatoes of the year. Justin remarked that no matter how early he plants tomatoes they seem to produce the same time as the later sowing.
Here are a few pictures taken in the garden when it was nice and sunny…. now it’s all soggy!
Soil blocks in the green house
Self sown, or volunteer, purple goosefoot
Blossoming low chill Anna Apples
Lacey snow peas wind up the trellis
Winter salad greens bask under the warm sunshine
It’s MATER time. Look at all those varieties. Someone (I wonder who) is a tomato addict.