General weather and gardening in Oracle AZ, at the northern tip of the Santa Catalina mountain range, north of Tucson.
By: strid3r, 9:24 PM GMT on August 31, 2013
I tried growing radishes for the 1st time this year. And I had kept one of my radish plants growing without harvesting... I liked the flowers. Today though I noticed a few stems have what looks like pods on it, so I googled 'radish pods'. Lookie what I found!
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By: strid3r, 1:31 AM GMT on August 24, 2013
Well, yesterday while driving home from work, downtown Tucson was inundated with a widespread thunderstorm that turned most side roads into rivers and I was like in a boat trying to get home. No rains high up in Oracle that day.
Today those valley mega-storms turned their focus on the mountains and unleashed its might with close-striking lighting, 0.75" of rain for Oracle within an hour and dropping temps down to 63 degs. That's a pretty good rainfall for us here!
By: strid3r, 10:16 PM GMT on August 17, 2013
Our plants have been happy with what little rain we have received this summer. The sage plants are now three years old this month. The basil planted this Spring has been thriving with the heat and sun, along with the dill and parsley. And, to no surprise, the chilies planted this May are bearing fruit. We are keeping the thyme inside since they don't look sturdy enough to be in full sun with the heat.
But last night, something ate a few whole chilies off one plant, leaving one half-eaten fruit behind...I don't know what we have out here that would eat them, and the plants are too high for javelinas...a bird or a caterpillar? If you know what they made be, pls comment!
I haven't seriously try growing tomatos here. I took an old store-bought tomato that we couldn't use, broke it up flesh and all, buried it shallow in a planter two weeks ago. I now have lots of seedlings sprouting. wow! This should be interesting...
Updated: 10:30 PM GMT on August 17, 2013
|Dew Point:||11.7 °F|
|Wind:||2.0 mph from the West|
|Wind Gust:||4.0 mph|
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