Wet pattern cometh/Container gardening

By: sullivanweather , 7:43 AM GMT on May 03, 2009

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Fig.2 - USDA plant hardiness zone map of the eastern United States circa 1990. Credit: USDA

Garden Series

Blog 1: Planning the Garden


Blog 2: Cool season crops


Blog 3: Companion Planting




Container Gardening



The most recent heat wave is now behind us with little chance for freezing temperatures in the near future for regions where the growing season starts on or prior to May 1st. With the threat of frost now on the wane we can expand further into other aspects of gardening, namely container gardening. A thought did pass my mind to move on to warm season crops but for most of us soil temperatures are still too low. In addition, while many of us have a yard to install a garden there are those of us out there that don't. There's many ways one can garden using containers (flowers, conifers, vegetables & herbs). What this blog will focus on is vegetables and herbs. After all, this series of garden blogs is geared towards growing your own food - organically.

Unlike flowers, most vegetables have extensive root systems which require lots of space to spread out. With this being the case, the bigger the better when choosing a container to grow your vegetables in, although there are a couple of exceptions. A container too small for tomatoes, for example, will produce smaller tomatoes in reduced quantity. Also, once roots bunch up at the bottom of a container the plant will become susceptible to disease, especially in over-watered containers. Hence in choosing a container you’re going to want to make sure you choose one that’s appropriate for the vegetables you decide to grow. Containers come in all shapes and sizes, from plastic to terracotta to wooden whiskey barrels. When choosing a wooden container be sure that it has not been treated with any chemicals to preserve its integrity. You don’t want to plant anything inside a container treated with toxic chemicals that can easily be absorbed through the root systems of your plants.

Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cabbage family members and squash all have extensive root systems which will require a large deep container. Root crops such as onions and beets, beans, legumes and herbs can all get away with being planted in smaller, shallow containers. You’ll want to keep this in mind being that some containers can run quite pricey.

After obtaining the containers you’ll need some soil to fill them with. I must add, before filling your containers with soil you’ll want to be sure your containers have proper drainage. Most containers come with drainage holes already in place, however, if it doesn’t you’ll have to add your own. In addition to ensuring proper drainage you’ll want to add a layer of stones or a stone/charcoal mixture to the bottom of the container. This will also help with drainage and the charcoal will help to prevent root disease. Although different plants require different soil types I'll try to make soil selection as straight forward as possible. What I recommend is buying two types of soil, an all purpose organic fertilizer and garden lime. The first soil is a ’soiless’ growing medium that can be found at most nurseries or big box store garden departments. It’s called ‘pro-mix’ and I’ll provide a link at the bottom of this post to their website. It comes in several sizes from 3.8 cu.ft. bails to 2.2 cu.ft. bails as well as smaller sized bags. The second soil type would be a humus rich garden soil marked as organic. Steer clear of humus rich mixtures of soil that contain petrochemical fertilizers such as Miracle Grow. I recommend a soil called ‘Bumper Crop’ which I will also provide a link for. You’ll want to use, on average, a 70:30 pro-mix:bumper crop ratio when filling your containers. You’ll want to leave about an inch or two of space from the lip of the container to the top of the soil level. In addition to the soil you’ll want to amend it with an all-purpose organic fertilizer. As mentioned in previous blogs in the garden series, a great organic fertilizer company is Espoma which is widely available. They have a large line of organic fertilizer products ranging from all-purpose fertilizers, such as garden-tone, to specialized products such as tomato-tone. Add an appropriate amount of fertilizer following the instructions provided on the bags of the product to the soil in your containers and mix it in well. This will ensure that there will be plenty of food for your plants roots as it reaches down into deeper soil strata. Lastly, since pro-mix is a product derived from peat moss it will be acidic in nature. Since some plants such as beets and cabbage family members will find this acidic soil offensive you’ll want to raise its PH level. Garden lime will be needed to add to the soil of such plants to attain a higher level of alkalinity. Of course, always follow instructions on the bag of the product to ensure proper dosage.

Just as important as soil, you’ll also want to give your container gardens proper amounts of water and light. Keeping your containers evenly moist is essential to the health of the plants. Container gardens may also be fickle as once they dry out it’s often quite difficult to moisten the soil once again. This is due to the compaction of the soil as it dries making the dirt less porous. If this happens don’t be fooled! You may water your container garden only to have most of the water drain down the sides of the pot. It will take several doses of water to moisten your soil if it dries out. To make sure that the soil is retaining water once again you’ll have to make a small hole several inches into the soil of your container to check it for moisture retention. Often times the top of the soil will appear wet however just a couple inches below the surface will be bone dry. Due to the small volume of soil containers hold they will dry out quite fast, especially during periods of hot dry weather. Once summer-like temperatures set in be sure to give your containers regular watering once a day, preferably in the morning while the humidity is still relatively high. On extremely hot days (95 degrees or higher) it may be necessary to water your containers twice a day. Over-watering can also be a problem. If you take a pinch full of soil and squeeze out more than a drop of water your soil is likely too moist. It may all sound confusing now but after a couple weeks you’ll find a happy niche in watering your containers properly. Making sure your container gardens receive proper amounts of light is also essential to the health of your plants. Plants such as lettuce and cabbage can be burned by too much sun, especially during hot summer afternoons so you’ll want to provide them with some shade during those hours of the day. Root crops will require higher amounts of light and fruiting crops require the most. So properly placed containers will provide your plants the best health and highest yields.

Companion gardening, as discussed in the previous blog, is a great way to maximize your harvest from your containers. There’s also ‘pigmy’ plants that are suited to be grown in containers that will help with space. As always see your local nursery professionals in helping to choose your plants.

There’s other factors to keep in mind with container gardening concerning safety. When filled with dirt and watered containers can be quite heavy. After full of soil and watered you’ll want to be sure you don’t hurt yourself in moving them. Placing the containers on dowels and sliding them to where you want them will help to prevent potential injury. Also too many containers on a deck, for example, may cause that structure to collapse. Be sure to know how much weight your deck or patio can hold and don’t exceed that limit. Plants produce a surprising amount of yield so there’s no need to go overboard if using containers.

Soil moisture and anomalies 0-200cm
Soil moisture 0-200cm
Fig.3 - Weekly averaged soil moisture and anomalies 0-200cm. Credit: NOAA

Soil temperature 0-10cm
Soil temperature 0-10cm
Fig.4 - 6-hourly updated 0-10cm soil temperature. Credit: NOAA

Soil temperature and anomalies 10-40cm
Soil temperature 10-40cm
Fig.5 - Weekly updated 10-40cm soil temperature and anomalies. Credit: NOAA


Kelvin temperature scale
273.15°K = 0°C

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Julian Day 121


------- Extent (km^2)----Difference (km^2)
2003 – 12,851,094…….....…….-22,969
2004 – 12,494,063….....……….-29,531
2005 – 12,696,406….....……….-58,594
2006 – 12,341,250.....………….-107,500
2007 – 12,627,813….….....……-5,937
2008 – 12,877,969…….....…….-37,812
2009 – 13,135,156…….....…….-26,875

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Julian Day 122

------- Extent (km^2)----Difference (km^2)
2003 – 12,804,063….....……….-47,031
2004 – 12,440,156….....……….-53,907
2005 – 12,645,156….....……….-51,250
2006 – 12,239,531….....……….-101,719
2007 – 12,597,031…......………-30,782
2008 – 12,865,156….....……….-12,813
2009 – 13,082,188….....……….-52,926

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Julian Day 123


------- Extent (km^2)----Difference (km^2)
2003 – 12,742,969……..……….-61,094
2004 – 12,385,625……..……….-54,531
2005 – 12,574,063……..……….-71,093
2006 – 12,191,094……..……….-48,437
2007 – 12,550,000……......……-47,031
2008 – 12,852,344………..…….-12,812
2009 – 13,031,875………..…….-50,313

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Julian Day 124

------- Extent (km^2)----Difference (km^2)
2003 – 12,699,844……..……….-43,125
2004 – 12,358,750……..……….-26,875
2005 – 12,524,375……..……….-49,688
2006 – 12,092,031……..……….-99,063
2007 – 12,489,375………………-60,625
2008 – 12,802,969………..…….-49,375
2009 – 13,012,500………..…….-19,375

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Julian Day 125

------- Extent (km^2)----Difference (km^2)
2003 – 12,633,594……..……….-66,250
2004 – 12,285,156……..……….-73,594
2005 – 12,466,719……..……….-57,656
2006 – 12,003,594……..……….-88,437
2007 – 12,406,406………………-82,969
2008 – 12,735,000………..…….-67,969
2009 – 12,977,188………..…….-35,312

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Julian Day 126

------- Extent (km^2)----Difference (km^2)
2003 – 12,539,375……..……….-94,219
2004 – 12,162,656……..……….-122,500
2005 – 12,430,938……..……….-35,781
2006 – 11,960,781……..……….-42,813
2007 – 12,370,469………………-35,937
2008 – 12,705,781………..…….-29,219
2009 – 12,910,000………..…….-67,188

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Julian Day 127


------- Extent (km^2)----Difference (km^2)
2003 – 12,457,188……..……….-82,187
2004 – 12,061,094……..……….-101,562
2005 – 12,405,156……..……….-25,782
2006 – 11,943,125……..……….-17,656
2007 – 12,318,281………………-52,188
2008 – 12,680,469………..…….-25,312
2009 – 12,853,750………..…….-56,250





Extent difference


Fig.6 - Difference in sea-ice extent between 2009 and recent years.



Melt Rate


Fig.7 - Daily melt rate of Arctic sea-ice compared to 2007 and 2008.

*Data retrieved from JAXA


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Current watches, warnings and advisories.


Eastern US current watches/warnings
Fig.8 - Current watches, warning and advisories issued by the National Weather Service. Courtesy of NOAA.

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Forecast Discussion

Synopsis - Issued - 5/03/09 @3:45am


Several waves of low pressure will move along a stalled out frontal boundary along the coast leading to an extended period of wet weather for the Northeast, especially along the coastal plain. Further inland, high pressure will initially fend off the precipitation but eventually some beneficial rainfall will move across the North Country by mid to late week. Airmass gradually becomes more humid after midweek allowing for some convection to work into the picture. Drier weather may return by Sunday.


Short-term - Issued - 5/03/09 @3:45am


The cold front that dropped through the region late Friday and early Saturday will begin to lift back north as the flow backs ahead of a weak wave of low pressure moving south of the region today. Isentropic lift will increase during the morning hours and showers will break out, mainly south of the I-80 corridor. These showers will be short-lived as most will move offshore or dissipate by mid-afternoon. Clouds will hang tough, however, and they will keep temperatures down in the upper 50’s to low 60’s in this area. Across the north, from northern New York to northern New England, the southern end of a northern stream trough will clip the region, bringing an increase in clouds during the late morning and afternoon and perhaps a few scattered showers, mainly across the higher terrain where orographic lift will aid in generating precipitation. 850mb temps will run between 0-3°C with mixed sun and clouds leading to temperatures in the mid 50’s across the higher terrain to low 60’s in the valleys. Sandwiched between these two areas, from the northern tier of Pennsylvania/southern tier of New York east to Massachusetts, skies will be mostly sunny during the morning hours with an expanding coverage of mid/high level clouds during the afternoon. The extra insolation will add a few degrees to daytime highs as temperatures climb into the low 60’s across the higher terrain to the upper 60’s in the valleys.

Another wave of low pressure gathering over the Mississippi Valley region during the day on Sunday will push towards the Northeast late Sunday night and Monday morning. Rain will spread into southern Pennsylvania and New Jersey by daybreak and slowly edge towards the north during the day on Monday, reaching the New York/Pennsylvania border across to interior southern New England by afternoon. Much of the precipitation will be stratiform and convective threat looks minimal. A couple hundred joules of elevated CAPE along the warm front may lead to a rumble or two of thunder south of I-70. There is a rather juicy airmass moving in associated with this wave of low pressure. Precipitable water values will rise to above an inch across much of southern Pennsylvania and New Jersey where rainfall amounts should range from three-quarters of an inch to an inch and a half. Rainfall gradient along the north side of the low will be sharp with plenty of dry air residing over the North Country thanks to the aforementioned northern stream trough passage. Overnight lows Sunday night will range from the 50’s across the southern tier of the Northeast, extending up the coastal plain to southern New England. Inland temperatures will fall back into the 40’s except for far northern New York and New England where lows will drop into the 30’s with scattered areas of frost in sheltered valleys. Highs on Monday will climb into the mid 50’s to low 60’s across the north with mainly 50’s and a few upper 40’s across the south under the clouds and rainfall.

Subtle differences begin to arise in the models as early as Monday night. Models are struggling with the amplitude of the building ridge north of Bermuda over the western Atlantic, which, in turn, will deflect the wave of low pressure heading towards the region on a more northerly course as it has no other choice but to round the top of the ridge, sending it up the coast. Some bring the low closer to the coast while others move it a bit further offshore. Along the immediate coast either track will be of little difference as showers and perhaps a rumble or two of thunder will continue through the overnight. Further inland is where the slight difference in track will be felt the most. Obviously, a track closer to the coast would bring some much needed rainfall for areas from the Susquehanna Valley to the Catskills and Taconics while a track further offshore would merely clip these areas with some light showers or drizzle. West of the Appalachians conditions will remain dry with partly to mostly cloudy skies. High pressure will be in control over northern New England where temperatures should drop to frosty levels.


Mid-term - Issued - 5/03/09 @3:45am


Low pressure slowly works up the coast on Tuesday. The main axis of rainfall should set up along the coastal plain as far north as southern Maine before high pressure over the Canadian Maritimes erodes the front edge of the rain shield. Moist onshore flow will keep low clouds and fog banked up along the east side of the Appalachians and this may very well be a day where the warmest temperatures are found from western Pennsylvania, to the Niagara Frontier, along the lake plain to the St.Lawrence Valley and across northern New England where there will be breaks of sun. Here temperatures should climb into the upper 50’s to mid 60’s. Socked in under the clouds and moisture to the south and east, temperatures will remain in the 50’s with some of the higher terrain locales only seeing 40’s. Shallow marine layer may remain in place through Tuesday night east of the Appalachians as low pressure departs via the Gulf of Maine. Flow aloft will be starting to back from the southwest with warm air advection aloft commencing during the evening hours. Lows should range from the low 40’s to mid 50’s from north to south.

Pesky marine layer will lose its grip over the region as deep-layer southwesterly flow takes over by Wednesday. The airmass arriving into the region will be more humid and given expected breaks of sun, weak disturbances rounding the base of an advancing trough into the region and stronger winds aloft, afternoon convection looks to be a pretty good bet. Temperatures will climb back to slightly above normal readings, though there may be some rain-cooled areas by afternoon.

The trough meets the ridging off the western Atlantic coast Wednesday night and Thursday with low pressure developing over the Ohio Valley and pushing northeastwards into Ontario. On this track, the Northeast would be in the warm sector of the storm increasing the convective threat. Too early to hi-light any severe threat but the winds aloft will be on the strong side.


Long-term - Issued - 5/03/09 @3:45am


Only a brief break between systems before a northern stream disturbance moves across the Northeast Friday and Saturday. Another round of showers and thunderstorms is likely to accompany this system. Upper trough associated with this system may stick around until Sunday leading to continued unsettled weather or move out to salvage the second half of the weekend.


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Radar: Northeast Region Loop

NE radar
Fig.9 - Radar loop of the Northeast region. Courtesy of Weather Underground.


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Local SST's

Northeast SST's
Fig.10 Sea-surface temperatures off the Northeast Coast. Courtesy of NOAA.


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46. listenerVT
2:36 AM GMT on May 12, 2009
Hey all! ♥

We're on the way toward a frost here tonight,
though I think we'll just barely avoid it.

Still, it sure feels cold here tonight.
Currently 44 degrees on the optimistic back porch,
but it's a damp cold.

Hope everyone is good.
I dug around in the soil today and it felt great.
We aren't making any new plantings until just after Memorial Day weekend because we won't be able to tend them until then. But the perennials are doing quite well this year.

One funny thing is that my cultivated Forget-Me-Nots are nowhere to be seen,
and the Violets I tend by the walkway out front haven't bloomed yet,
while there are both Forget-Me-Nots and blooming Violets mixed in with the lawn! LOL!
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45. TheShovler3
6:25 PM GMT on May 09, 2009
Sun is coming through could make for some severe storms around here. Looking at the humidity it seems ideal for storm development.
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44. sullivanweather
6:20 AM GMT on May 09, 2009
Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:
How do you feel about this?




I really hope it doesn't happen this year! LOL!!

I believe that storm gave NYC their only trace of May snowfall on record. Almost as crazy as the Oct. 4th 1987 snowstorm.
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42. billkidd
9:59 PM GMT on May 08, 2009
Just popping in to say hello, and have a great summer!!Bill.
41. sullivanweather
6:03 AM GMT on May 08, 2009
Quoting MasonFromPA:
Hi Sully :-)

First off, happy belated birthday and thanks for running this excellent weather blog of yours. I've been a longtime follower and have enjoyed both your charts and forecasting.

I have a slightly off-topic and pretty urgent question related to the weather on Saturday morning (May 9th) in Media, PA (19063 zip). I have an important event in the morning (I'm getting married) that's going from 11am until 1pm outdoors, and I REALLY don't want to rent a big tent if I don't have to. All of the forecasts are showing rain at around a 50% probability throughout the day, but several are saying that the morning itself could be clear (at least not raining).

So, my question is, do you think we can get by without a tent from 11am-1pm on Sat? Do you think it's too risky, or will there be a big enough window of dryness that it might work?

I know it's a tough forecast, so I really appreciate any opinion you can give...

Thanks in advance,

- Mason


Congrats on your big day!!!

I think that you should be able to escape without having to use a tent. Right now it looks like any rain will hold off until late in the day. There may be a passing shower in the morning but most of that activity should be offshore by 10am with a good 6 hour window of fair weather between 10-4 being a pretty good bet. Even the 4-7pm time frame should be mostly dry.

Good luck with everything!
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40. MasonFromPA
3:32 AM GMT on May 08, 2009
Hi Sully :-)

First off, happy belated birthday and thanks for running this excellent weather blog of yours. I've been a longtime follower and have enjoyed both your charts and forecasting.

I have a slightly off-topic and pretty urgent question related to the weather on Saturday morning (May 9th) in Media, PA (19063 zip). I have an important event in the morning (I'm getting married) that's going from 11am until 1pm outdoors, and I REALLY don't want to rent a big tent if I don't have to. All of the forecasts are showing rain at around a 50% probability throughout the day, but several are saying that the morning itself could be clear (at least not raining).

So, my question is, do you think we can get by without a tent from 11am-1pm on Sat? Do you think it's too risky, or will there be a big enough window of dryness that it might work?

I know it's a tough forecast, so I really appreciate any opinion you can give...

Thanks in advance,

- Mason
39. Thundercloud01221991
11:36 AM GMT on May 07, 2009
Hello, It is really foggy here in Rochester, NY and raining too.
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38. sullivanweather
5:13 AM GMT on May 07, 2009
Good evening, Listener!

A loose but widely accepted way of determining the progression of 'greening' during the spring is what's termed 'growing degree days'. To determine the growing degree days for a particular day is averaging the daily high and low and basing that average against 50F with 50F equaling one growing degree day and 51F two growing degree days and so forth.

So if your high is 65 and low 43, that equals 54F for the average temp for the day which is 5 growing degree days.

Being along the coast the daily high temperature is likely kept down in her area so she would have less growing degree days than your inland location which benefits nicely from landmass heating. Even though you may still get colder at night your daily high temperature there more than offsets the low discrepancy.
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37. listenerVT
4:44 AM GMT on May 07, 2009
Hi Sully! Here's a zone question for you:

If my zone in NW VT is two colder than my daughter's zone in SW ME, why is it that the ornamental cherry tree in our back yard already has green leaves and hers does not? She is near the ocean, too.

We are back in Maine for more renovating. Seems we have just two modes lately:
Renovating and Recuperating

LOL!

Looking forward to Planting!
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36. LakeShadow
1:33 PM GMT on May 06, 2009
Happy Birthday Sulli!!!!
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35. listenerVT
12:15 AM GMT on May 06, 2009
Have you seen this duck story before?

A friend sent it to my Hubby today.
Pretty cute photos...especially that last one!

It had no link so I Googled it and discovered that the story actually happened last May, and not in San Antonio, TX but in Spokane, WA, according to Snopes:
http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/amazingduck.asp

Well! The duck has done it again this year! The brood is anticipated to hatch this week.

Duck makes nest on Spokane office ledge...again

http://www.krem.com/topstories/stories/krem2-050109-officeducks.d71da12.html
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34. listenerVT
12:12 AM GMT on May 06, 2009
Today is Ally's Mommy's 31st birthday!

Ally is holding her own at present.
She is on low-dose maintenance chemo,
and it hasn't made her hair fall out!

:~)
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33. listenerVT
12:10 AM GMT on May 06, 2009
Sully...
Cardinals make such gorgeous music!

I have sometimes described one of their intonations as them singing:

Police car! Police car! Police car! Police car!
Prairie dog. Prairie dog. Prairie dog.
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32. listenerVT
12:08 AM GMT on May 06, 2009
It pays to be a weather enthusiast!!

I was one click away from reading about the Tornado Warning in Raleigh when my son in Raleigh called to tell me they fared okay, even though the tornado passed close to their area. He said he figured he'd better call because I was likely watching the radar. LOL!

He said they got the hardest rain he has EVER seen
(and this from a wildlife biologist who once had to be rescued off an island during a 70kt gale!)...!!
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31. Skyepony (Mod)
3:45 PM GMT on May 05, 2009
Have a great B-day!!
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30. NEwxguy
2:53 PM GMT on May 05, 2009
sulli
a Belated Happy Birthday. Looks like we are in a wet soggy pattern for a while,typical of spring here in the northeast, plus I could of predicted this,since I am painting inside my house and all this moisture will slow the drying time.
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29. sullivanweather
4:43 AM GMT on May 05, 2009
Quoting TheShovler3:
Happy Birthday Buddy!

Sugar house is being build. Renting an excavator to back fill my new garden. Whens going to be too late to plant pumpkins and Water Melons?

I've been digging up SunGold Raspberry plants and potting them up for friends. I've Dug 120 new ones up so far! Weather is a bit depressing of late... hope all is well!



You can get pumpkins in the ground as late as 6/25. Any time after that you may not get something in time, though gourds and mini pumpkins can go in as late as July 10th and you still might get a harvest before frost.

I usually sow my pumpkins around June 1st or whenever soil temps climb into the 70's. Anything before that is a gamble, imo. I've had plants survive and produce for me when put in the ground earlier but they seem to struggle and the plants that are put in after June 1st always seem to catch up by August.
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28. sullivanweather
4:39 AM GMT on May 05, 2009
Thank you, everyone, for the kind birthday wishes!! =)
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27. upweatherdog
1:25 AM GMT on May 05, 2009
Happy Birthday Sully! =)

All the snow is gone in my yard. We have been having bonfires and doing yardwork here. I should be able to plant carrots this week, and I noticed sunflower seedlings are already germinating from the seeds of last years sunflowers. The Brown Thrashers and Sandhill Cranes have arrived again!

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26. TheShovler3
1:15 AM GMT on May 05, 2009
Happy Birthday Buddy!

Sugar house is being build. Renting an excavator to back fill my new garden. Whens going to be too late to plant pumpkins and Water Melons?

I've been digging up SunGold Raspberry plants and potting them up for friends. I've Dug 120 new ones up so far! Weather is a bit depressing of late... hope all is well!
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25. TampaFLUSA
6:43 PM GMT on May 04, 2009
Happy B-day !
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24. EmmyRose
3:09 PM GMT on May 04, 2009
Happy Birthday Sully - hope its the best one ever
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23. BarnDweller
2:50 PM GMT on May 04, 2009
Happy Birthday Wuba
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22. originalLT
1:15 PM GMT on May 04, 2009
Happy birthday Sully, many, many, many more! May 4th was my Moms birthday too. My wife's is May 5th, and mine is May 16th. May's a great month!!
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21. crowe1
11:40 AM GMT on May 04, 2009
Happy Birthday Sully!!! A little closer to the big 30.
Enjoy life!
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20. NumberWise
10:45 AM GMT on May 04, 2009
Happy Birthday! It's good to have you back.
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19. Zachary Labe
10:11 AM GMT on May 04, 2009
sullivanweather- Happy Birthday! Gladdened to see your return.
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17. sullivanweather
8:26 AM GMT on May 04, 2009
Hey Bro! Thanks!!

Yeah, hopefully they don't forget to attach any vital part that might bring a delay. NASA is famous for screwing up simple minor details
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16. Fshhead
8:21 AM GMT on May 04, 2009
WOOHOO!!
That's good news there Sully! K, so now I just have to worry about mechanical delays. Keeping my fingers crossed.
BTW.. now it's official, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
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15. sullivanweather
8:17 AM GMT on May 04, 2009
Listener,

That's awesome!!

There's a mated pair of cardinals that nest in an evergreen at my parents house and have been for a couple years now. I love cardinals and their song is one of my favorites. I always whistle to them when I hear it.
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14. sullivanweather
8:15 AM GMT on May 04, 2009
Quoting Fshhead:
Gonna try to make the Shuttle launch next Mon. in Canaveral. It's the mission going to the Hubble. Man I am sooo excited. Hmmm just remembered any chance you can rub that crystal ball of yours & give me an idea IF I am going to the launch?? LOL



I think you should be in good shape. Weather certainly won't cancel the launch.


I fell asleep last night at the keyboard...lol

It was for the better, though. I had to go down to Long Island today for an event with Kate's family, which I had to be awake at 8am for. We all got kinda drunk...lol
Kate and I both.
We had her brother drive us back to his apartment so we could sleep it off before driving home, which we started around 10ish. Traffic was good so we made much better timing coming home than we did going down. Made it home in just under 3 hours which is pretty good considering we were all the way out to Babylon.
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13. sullivanweather
8:05 AM GMT on May 04, 2009
Thank you, everyone, for the early B-day wishes!!
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12. listenerVT
5:03 AM GMT on May 04, 2009

Here is a Cardinal's nest!
My next door neighbour invited me to come over and get a photo.
The nest is in a juniper bush by her front door. Friendly Cardinals!!
I poked my camera lens into the bush and clicked.
It just took a few seconds and we quickly left the nest alone.
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11. listenerVT
4:56 AM GMT on May 04, 2009
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9. jackzig
8:18 PM GMT on May 03, 2009
Quoting sullivanweather:
That's looking awesome!

Man, I wonder what you'd be able to see here with that thing where it's pitch black at night...lol

My birthday is tomorrow!! (Monday)

Gonna be 28.



Many happy returns for the day, and may you have many more to come.
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8. Fshhead
8:57 AM GMT on May 03, 2009
Gonna try to make the Shuttle launch next Mon. in Canaveral. It's the mission going to the Hubble. Man I am sooo excited. Hmmm just remembered any chance you can rub that crystal ball of yours & give me an idea IF I am going to the launch?? LOL
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7. Fshhead
8:55 AM GMT on May 03, 2009
YO!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLD MAN!!! lol

Quite a bit I am sure, I am seeing alot with all the light pollution here. I have yet been out to a dark place with the scope.
BTW.. that Stellarium program for the PC is AMAZING!!
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6. sullivanweather
8:42 AM GMT on May 03, 2009
That's looking awesome!

Man, I wonder what you'd be able to see here with that thing where it's pitch black at night...lol

My birthday is tomorrow!! (Monday)

Gonna be 28.

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5. Fshhead
8:31 AM GMT on May 03, 2009
Ohhhhh Man, I am doing well! Having a freaking blast actually!!
Swing by Cal's blog & check out my last post. That's what I am up to... lol
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4. sullivanweather
8:23 AM GMT on May 03, 2009
Ok. I think I got this thing finally figured out now...lol

For some reason my pics kept vanishing. Now they're there.
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3. sullivanweather
8:17 AM GMT on May 03, 2009
Hey, Bro!!

It certainly has!

How've you been?
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2. Fshhead
8:15 AM GMT on May 03, 2009
Hey Sully!!
Man been a long time my friend..
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1. sullivanweather
8:10 AM GMT on May 03, 2009
Hey everyone!

I will be keeping tabs here on Arctic sea-ice May-September this year. Above charts will be updated daily or every other day.
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