Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring Weather and other fun things!

This is not the kind of skys that you want to see in the Spring in Tennessee! This is a picture of this past Saturday afternoon. We had rain and a few T-storms off and on last week, starting on Thursday.
On Saturday morning it started out a little rainy. Then the sun started popping in and out as the day wore on. The temperature started getting a little more warmer and a little more humid. And there was a cold front headed our way. The local stations and the NWS started saying that we would get some pretty bad storms on saturday and they were right.
While it was warm and sunny during the midday hours, I was out planting some Veggies in my garden.

Yes, thats me sitting on my little garden cart, way out there in the back of the garden. Is that not a big garden or what? We had it plowed or rather rototilled up last monday. I started planting some seeds the day after it was worked. And then on saturday I bought some Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage, and lettuce. Its ok to put them out right now as they are cool weather veggies. I have quite alot of other veggies and flowers that I started from seed about 3 weeks ago. I have a big cart that has 4 shelves on it that I can roll in and out of the garage that has all my seeds on it. Believe me, I have ALOT of Veggies and Flowers that have already sprouted and are just waiting on April 15th to go in the ground. Here are a few pics of them.

This is just a few pics of what all I have coming up. You name it, I probably have it. I Love to start from seeds. I do buy some plants too but its such a thrill to start plants and Veggies from seed. Here is a list of what all I have coming up.
5 different kinds of tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini(lots of that as we like to freeze it and make zucchin bread), onions, radishes, carrots, 3 kinds of cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, green peppers, chives, basil, parsley, gourds, banana peppers. And I have 5 different kinds of zinnia seeds sprouting up. Also several containers of Marigolds. I am so thrilled to be able to have such a big garden this year and several big flower beds. All of my perienals are popping up right now too.
But, back to my story about saturday. We had several big thunderstorms and tornadoes pop up on saturday afternoon. I have seen several tornadoes in my years and now its not to hard to know what a tornado cloud looks like while its in the sky. My first picture is the beginnings of it. When a tornado is in the sky it is a mass of swirling, angry clouds,,you can watch it rotate around.
We were lucky that it didn't pop down on top of us. We had strong winds,lightening and hail.
Our neighbors in surrounding counties actually had them to strike them. Luckily no one was killed. Here are a few more pics of what the sky looked like.

After the storms came through it got really cool outside. The sun popped back out but the wind was still whipping and the temp dropped down into the low 50s after getting up to 75 before the storms. But thats the way it is here in the South in the spring and sometimes in the fall. We have also had tornadoes in summer and winter but not as numerous.
Sunday was a very cloudy and cold day. It only got up to 48 and down to 36 last night, of course all the seedlings were rolled back into the garage for that cold temp.
Of course, today whe I had to go back to work, it was beautiful and warm again. I came home from work and got on my riding mower to mow the backyard.
I did alot of Art yesterday when it was so cold and will post pics of that tomorrow. I hope all my friends had a good week-end and a great start to a new week.
More tomorrow,,,,,


Jeanie said...

Hi, Beth,

That's a tad scary. I'm not fond of tornadoes, either. They freak me out.

But I am so impressed with your garden -- it's enormous! That should be great on cutting down summer grocery bills. Four star, my friend!

Janet said...

I'm so envious of your garden! It looks like a great spot to grow veggies. But steer clear of those tornadoes!!

Nathalie Thompson said...

You are one organized woman! I buy seeds because they are cheaper than plants, but tomatoes I've always bought started (there was the one year, my husband's grandfather shared some volenteers). I haven't even ventured into my garden yet this year-- avoiding the mess to turn over. I wish I could safely do a controled burn! heehee

jet1960 said...

Scary skies indeed! We had a short freaky storm here Tuesday morning about 4am. All of sudden loud booms of thunder that shook the building(I was at work). Not expecting any storms that early so it was surprising. Then the power flickered and messed up our instrument computers right at the worst time.

I'm really impressed with your seedlings. You have been working hard.

Shopgirl said...

That sky looks scary!!!!!!!
The garden spot is beautiful...our ground is still hard so not ready yet. Looking forward to seeing all that good food.
Your, Mary

Cat said...

Glad your safe and sound.

Cat said...

Your garden is huge! I see a lot of work there! Your seedlings are great... what a rewarding hobby too.