Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Possible cold weather

Rain is here.  The next few days will bring a decent shot 
of precip.  Freezing precip will challenge patrons along the 
gorge and lower Columbia basin.
 By Friday, the precip will clear away as colder air from the 
north works its way south. Dew points may tease out some 
fog, but it looks fairly DRY and quite chilly - over the weekend 
on into early the week of Feb 3. ICY roads, etc will be in play, 
should a sky clear be near you.
 Concern: Some model runs suggest COLD modified Arctic 
air will drop down over the PNW, or at least move close enough 
to clip the region with the coldest outbreak since the early 
December event.
Expect rain, mountain snow before a chilly weekend around 
the PNW. The following week will turn either quite cold, SNOWY 
at nearly all elevations, with a modified Arctic event possible, or
 it will be rainy  before turning chilly and dry.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Beautiful weather

Nice weather with highs in the 50's but lows
in the low 30's.

Morning ice on the windshields so still very
cold in the AM's.

Garlic has made it thru the December freezing
weather with little damage so far.

Weed raised beds and add 4-6 inches of mulch
in prep for the gardening season.

 Check the OSU Lane County Extension - gardening
web site for gardening classes and activities.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Winter damage

More lawn damage, called yellow spot or snow
mold - which the lawn stinks due to rotting grass.

Hazelnut catkins - winter freeze damage.

Azalea blooms falling - a lot due to the freeze.

Pruning of tree fruits and berries continues. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

What now

If you have driven over the passes, we really
NEED more snow.  'Which means more rain, at
least in the hills.  We are way down on winter
rain, over 25 inches.

Be awarew that madoren trees all along I5 from
Eugene to Grants Pass have been hammered with
three things:  1- the common madrone leaf spot - spots
all over the leaves;  2- severe summer drought - brown
leaf edges;  and 3- the December freeze - leaves
 look burned.

The next ten days - highs of 41-55 and lows of 32-36
degrees, with some clouds and some sunny weather.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mid January

The next 10 days look like pretty cold weather. 
With a low around 32-34 and high of 54-56.

Finding more damaged plant material.  Hazelnut
catkins are showing freeze burn on the outside of
 the catkin.  The hazelnut leaf buds or flowers,
no freeze damage showing yet.

Between now and March I will be checking
grapes, apples, and raspberries by cutting open their 
flower buds.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

December freeze

The December freeze during the first two
weeks in December is now showing itself
on various plant materials.

Mainly:  boxwoods - yellowing;  garlic - withered
ends;  blueberries - quite a bit of frozen and miss
 shapened on one year tips;  a lot of bushes (3x3)
showing brown - burned leaves.  These burned leaves
and new leaf buds will be showing burn effects for the
next 6 months.  As buds develop, we will take a look at
 the new buds.

Still expecting damage to any thing in pots;  roses;
 blueberries and bulbs.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Rainy weather

As the weather continues to be moist - wet,
it may be time to add 6 inches of mulch to raised
beds.  Also, covering over the mulch and/or soil,
will let you start gardening up to a month early
 than if the soil is NOT covered.

Mulch will help to keep the soil from becoming
compacted from heavy rains.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

This week

Highs of 52 and lows of around 33 degrees.
Rain for the next 3-4 days, then clouds for a few days.
Snow predicted for the  high mountains.

Garlic up 6 plus inches and doing well.

Most cole crops in the garden were fried with the freezing of December.

Starting to get a few more minutes of sun shine each day.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Rain ???

Looks like the next week is going to be rainy.
Not like the last few, very nice, sunny, almost
warm days.  The grass has even started to grow.

Lawns and pastures starting to grow.  However,
 the lawn does not need any mowing yet but keep
and eye open as the lawn does grow

Moles and gophers are going crazy with the wet
soils and the movement of earth worms.
Take a rake and knock down all of the mounds. 
The next day, the number of new earth mounds is
 the number of moles or gopher working the area.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


2014 and a new year full of hopefully positive
gardening and farming adventures.

Weather looks rainy, a little this week and a little late
next week, some showers;  temps remain chilly;  lows
 in the 34-49 and highs in the 42 to 52 degree area.

Garlic is up and growing good even after the early
 December freeze.  .Good thing most of the garlic
was under a good leave mulch.

Continue to read the garden catalogs and get those
orders in.

Think about planting an extra row of veggies or fruits
for the local food bank or Food for Lane County.  The
food banks are always in need to food or donations.