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   Ugh,

      Bummer city there Ness. Calling for 39 here tonight. Everything planted here now. Have one of the big beds of tomatoes under cover. Hoping all other stuff will be OK. I left BilletHeadVille at dark thirty Monday morning. Not far from the house truck registered 36.  Then going through Hermitage just after daybreak there was frost on roof tops. When I got home this Evening beds looked swampy but plants good so far. Over four and a half inches of rain total in the last week. Two of those inches came last night and today.

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Duh, it is still April. 

I will see how this pans out.  It looks like, against the better judgement, that all my tomatoes are going to be out before the first of May. 

Back in the day, my family did not put out any warm crops before the middle of May about the time school let out for the summer.  I put green beans, cucumbers, and zucchini seeds out over a week ago and still nothing to break the surface.  I think the soil is still not right.

But water temps at local lake were at 69 on Easter Sunday.  They were 75 last week at Pickwick.

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I haven't even finish tilled my gardens yet.  We never put out tomatoes until may anyway.  Looks like i will have some time to wait for it to dry out enough to even hold my tractor up let alone work the ground.  When it finally does get right, seems like it's a marathon of olanting, getting plants etc.  Usually tomato plants are on sale by then too.

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We haven't been getting the rain you all have in southern MO. I've been out watering a few times. 

I know I can wait until May on maters, and I also know cool temps will stunt them to where it might have been better to wait. My uncle and gardening mentor waits until May each year. But I like to get them out the second half of April if I've got a window of good temps in sight. Don't mind throwing plastic over things too much. 

44 outside right now at around 10:30, low of 37 million xpected. 

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         Picking lettuce in the rain,

    I put the waders and rain jacket on to do this in a downpour. Did not want to melt or dissolve. Mrs. says "you are such a dork"

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    The You are such a dork remark gets me to laughing,

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   The cleaned pile,

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  BilletHead

 

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10 minutes ago, tho1mas said:

Wilted lettuce tonight?

          Not tonight tho1mas,

  Just a big green salad with fried wild turkey. Picked a mix of black seeded simpson, grand rapids and butter crunch. Have also a couple rows of romaine. Will be letting it get bigger. Need to put the wire framed cover back on before dark thirty so the yard deer will not have their fill too :).

  BilletHead

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