General weather and gardening in Oracle AZ, at the northern tip of the Santa Catalina mountain range, north of Tucson.
By: strid3r, 11:13 PM GMT on March 02, 2014
After the February 1st rain, the remainder of last month had stayed warm and dry with no further rains. But a cold front that arrived to the region this weekend was able to break the dry spell and dump badly need rain to most parts, with a little rumble of thunder for entertainment.
Just after midnight on March 1st the cold front came through and Oracle received 0.48" of off-and-on rain, which continued into the next morning of March 2nd with an addition...
By: strid3r, 7:52 PM GMT on February 01, 2014
A cold front arrived after midnight today and soon after we received 0.21 inches of badly needed rain over the morning hours, the first precipitation of the new year for our region.
This winter's temps have been warmer than recent winters and so we have not seen the precipitation we expect, but the winter is still young, so we will see.
Meanwhile in the kitchen, our parsley, dill and a tomato plants are surviving with the diminished sunlight. A...
By: strid3r, 11:47 PM GMT on December 21, 2013
With the cold front that came through during the end of this week, we are receiving some welcoming rain. And on Friday we also had some pea-sized hail in front of a rain cloud..not much but enough to be bouncing all over the place, and to remind me that I better harvest the remaining chilies and worry about the dill plants.
The parsley is safe and have been living on the kitchen counter for weeks. The sage is hearty in cold and snow, but thinking maybe th...
By: strid3r, 5:46 AM GMT on December 06, 2013
Woke up this morning Dec 5th to our first snow fall of winter. Not much accumulation, maybe 1/4 inch in places, certainly a slush on the car to greet me for the morning drive to work. Later turning to sleet, nothing of it remaining after a few hours. But the cold remained. brrrr...
Fortunately the plants had been protected last night, and now the parsley is staying in the kitchen for while. Chilies and sage don't mind it, yet.
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!
http://www.ruralintelligence.com/index.php/style_ section/style_articles_garden/radish_seed_pods_a_s picy_secret
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