COLUMN: If Richard’s right, only one more snow to come

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By Cheryl Steenerson

As January ends I wanted to remind you of a column I wrote at the beginning of the month. Remember the Poor Richard’s Almanac quote “As many days old as the moon is at the first snow, there will be as many snows before crop planting time?”
I figured out that according to Poor Richard we should have eight snow events. Dustings don’t count. So, as of today, we’ve had seven events. That leaves only one more to go and that should put a smile on your face. I just hope it holds true.
Crop planting time is sneaking up on us and it really is time to start getting ready.
Go through those seed catalogues and start ordering. Many popular seeds go quickly and you don’t want to lose out.
Many of you have attended the annual heirloom seed workshop we host each spring at the library. You’ll be happy to know that it has been scheduled for Saturday, March 5 at 10 a.m. It’s free and registration is required because of limited seating. Call 839-6420 or come in and sign up.
The workshop is fun and gives you lots of information on tomatoes and others in the nightshade family. You’ll learn a lot, including seed starting, and even get to pick a few packages of rare Kentucky heirloom seeds to take home. I tried a new variety last year called Bull’s Bag and they were incredible, if a little weird.
Bull’s Bag looks like those things farm folks hang off of the truck hitch, and they’re almost as big. The plants were prolific producers with few pest or disease problems and they tasted great. There will be several varieties available this year.
What makes this year’s event even better is a double feature. A combination of folks have teamed to put on a series of beginning gardener workshops and the first one will be held at 1 p.m. March 5, at the library. You’ll have time to go for lunch after the heirloom workshop.
There will be three, and all require registration, but you need to call the Anderson Community Education office to sign up for the series. Just call 839-3754 and tell Jacque you want to sign up. Again, seating is limited so, as grandma used to say, “Don’t dawdle!”
Spring will be here in just 48 days. I know I’m not alone in wishing it would get here sooner. We’re over the cold. One good thing about the cold though is that we’ve had enough of it to kill off lots of bad bugs.
Several of my weather sites are telling me that winter is going to go long. Meaning we’ll be chilly long into March. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for an average temperature of 34 degrees and 2 1/2 inches of snow in February. I think we’ll be snow free after the middle of the month and I really hope I’m right.
Sure looks like the persimmon seed winter prediction got it right with the spoon forecast. We’ve had plenty of the white stuff. Good thing, too, because spring is supposed to be cooler and drier than normal. Well, drier does mean we can dig on the weekends when we have more time.
Now get outside. Enjoy a brisk walk. Start those toe touches. If we don’t get in shape by planting time those muscles will be screaming. Just keep thinking, “Winter will end ... winter will end.”
If nothing else, the exercise will keep you warm. Happy growing!

Cheryl Steenerson is a gardening columnist for The Anderson News.