City gardens are so different from country gardens with one HUGE aspect – weeds. The farm garden when we were kids never seemed to have as many weeds or so fast. I remember weeding, but it was a fun thing to see who could (not would) get the dirtiest. Usually, my younger sister won just because she would be found sitting in a mud puddle before the job was done.
I remember my beautiful corner backyard garden in Denver, but again, I don’t remember this many weeds. I would blame it on the birds, but I love all our birds – domestic and foreign. Instead, I am now blaming my weeds on the winds.
This has got to be one of the weirdest growing seasons we have ever had. Yes, we have some winds on-and-off every year, but this year has been just nuts! Wicked enough to rip off our double-layered greenhouse cover, just a few weeks ago.
We have always had winds out here, just not so long, or so rough. When the huge windmills started popping up across the U.S., Colorado was all in for that. We have fields of them not far from our home. I guess that is a bit of an indication on the strength of winds we get here. The weird part is how long they are lasting now.
It was never unusual to get a gust here and there. Even the occasional “micro-burst” would happen – but only in summer (still think they are mini-tornados that just didn’t finish forming). Now we get the “sustained” winds. These suckers come in without warning and last 12-48 hours. Very unusual.
When we moved here in 2000, our biggest task was learning how to water everything using the best conservation methods. Now, it is how to stop our plants from ending up in Kansas.
(“I don’t think we’re in Colorado anymore Toto.”)
We have installed pound-in rods, rows of field fencing, and extra windbreaks all just to keep our plants from having the snot knocked out of them. If the Hail King wasn’t bad enough, we now have the Wicked Wind of the West to contend with – eeek!
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