I've heard the same thing from the older customers at the store for almost 3 weeks. Winter's not over yet, we'll still have some freezing weather. They aren't buying annuals or tomatoes. Do they know something we are overlooking? Maybe. I have seen snow in late April in NC. But look at our forecast.
Relying on the 10 day forecast at this point is a bit of a gamble. The National Climatic Data Center has better information. Click on the link, then your state. Find the nearest city and roll the dice. Fortunately, my town is listed.
What that tells me is that as of March 26, there is a 90% chance of a 32 degree morning. By April 11, the probability of a freeze drops to 50%. On April 27, it's down to 10%. Normally. This year isn't exactly normal. Winter was colder than normal. It was also wetter than normal. Last summer was cooler than normal. This spring, it's been and will be (for the next 10 days) warmer than normal. So what about frost?
I'm going to take a chance. Over the next week, I'll be planting out my tender brugs and possibly sowing my cucumbers, squash, and beans. The tomatoes are still too small to transplant, but they'll grow fast in this warmer weather. They'll likely get planted in the next two weeks.
So what about Easter and planting? Southerners sow their corn on Good Friday. It has little to do with religious reasons. In fact, Easter is determined by the moon phases. The first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox is Easter. There is a 35 day window in which Easter can fall. This year, the full moon was a few days ago. So this Sunday is Easter. Just after a full moon is the most fertile time to sow seeds according to the Farmers Almanac. So it makes sense that Good Friday is often used as a date to sow in the fields. Of course, none of this takes into consideration the actual weather. Northerners tend to use Memorial Day or Mother's Day as their guide for sowing tender crops. I guess I really need to get moving on filling that third bed with soil soon.
It's 54 degrees this morning. I slept with two of the windows open last night. I forgot how noisy the birds can be in the early morning. I wonder if they expect another chance of frost?
It's a beautiful sunrise this morning.