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spring at last in DC

By: georgevandenberghe, 1:38 AM GMT on April 25, 2013

After a cold first week April has averaged well above normal and plant progress is near seasonal means. I could plant tomatoes but am short of time (work, teenagers, dogs, boyscouts) and frost is still possible. First gardenia of the season today for my wife.

Winter broccoli is almost done and spinach has bolted but it's only a few weeks till the spring planted ones crop. There is no broccoli that can compare though with the April florets from overwintered vernalized plants. These one just eats raw like snap peas. But they don't yield well.


Latest early spring in many years for DC

By: georgevandenberghe, 4:20 PM GMT on April 02, 2013

I posted three weeks ago about typical chill in the Washington DC area compared with 2012. It's now atypical. On April 2 I am looking at two more slam dunk freezing nights where it isn't even safe to plant lettuce and pea transplants (well down in the 20s in my stream valley). In 23 years I don't remember another April 1 I couldn't do this. The GFS indicates a warmup this weekend and next week and that's when I'll FINALLY get started. I started sweet corn March 29, 12 days later than I traditionally do because of continued forecast (and verifying) cold weather. Normally
I start the first corn in seed flats because the whole family likes sweet corn and I try to get some as early as possible (June 6 last year was a record but I almost always make it by the summer solstice with 2003 and 1992 being the only misses)

Updated: 6:17 PM GMT on April 02, 2013


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