February is the cruelest month for Oklahoma gardeners. Some would say August when temperatures often are above 100F, but I don’t think so. We still have the beautiful months of September and October to look forward to. In February, we have days on end of gray skies. The Oklahoma winter landscape in its stark raiment of brown and gray is beautiful, but only when topped with blue.
Today, my friends, blue skies are smiling at us, and although my weather station says we’re in negative numbers -10F–that can’t be right can it? I’ve never seen it that cold. I see that we are supposed to top out at 33F. That means melting snow!!!
For those of you who don’t live in Oklahoma, we were hit with two major snowstorms in a two week period. Oklahoma City didn’t get as much snow this time, but Guthrie received at least six to eight inches. Add that to the twelve inches from the week before . . . oh, and the snow shower of two inches in between, and we’ve got quite a bit of melting and digging out to do. This story on the Guthrie Police is definitely worth watching. Just look at how cold everyone is, and yet, they are helping others. I love my little town.
However, next week, temperatures are supposed to be in the 60s. Welcome to Oklahoma’s wild weather, crazy train. If so, I’ll be out dancing in the gravel garden paths for sure and looking signs of Galanthus nivalis (snowdrops). Last year, I saw them at the beginning of March.
In the meantime, I’m holding on to this thought by Barbara Winkler, from the Secret Garden Calendar 2011 hanging next to my desk: “Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle . . . a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.”
Yep, that’s what I’m holding onto. I just hope with the extremely cold nighttime weather, there are buds still straining, and they haven’t been frozen off. There’s a joke in there somewhere, but this is a family blog.
Hang in there folks. Spring will one day come. Only a couple more months, and we’ll see tulips, daffodils, crocus and all the minor bulbs which are right now growing beneath the snow. In the meantime, buy your seeds for the spring garden and get ready to sow both indoors and out. We can plant our peas, lettuce, spinach and chard at the end of February. In early March, we’ll sow our tomatoes, eggplant and peppers indoors.
If you don’t want to grow your own veggies or can’t, Phocus Farms is becoming part of Community Supported Agriculture this summer. Buy in now $600.00, and you’ll have already paid for twenty weeks of fresh produce worth $30 each week in June and July. Succulent homegrown tomatoes, squash, eggplant, crisp green beans and even herbs delivered to your home or office. It’s a great deal and will help Steve Hill of my church do what he’s always wanted to do, farm. In case you’re wondering about the name, it’s for St. Phocus, who is the patron saint of farm workers, ornamental gardening, home gardens and men who like to garden. If you are local and want the information, let me know, and I’ll give you his phone number. Remember, investment and dreams start now. Live in the Tulsa area? Buy Fresh, Buy Local can steer you to a CSA in your part of our red dirt state.
If you are planning to sow seeds indoors, I give a nifty tip over on the LCI Team blog where you can reuse and recycle while planning for future harvests. Please stop by and leave a comment if you’d like. I’d love to hear what you’ll be sowing and growing.
I can’t wait for spring to get here, can you?