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On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant "Hoodie-Hoo".
It is a day to chase away winter and bring in spring. After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere are sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy being cooped up inside all winter and not seeing the sun.
Michiganders will do anything if theres a line that they can get on.
Oh my God. Dori...my girlfriend Erin sent me the funniest email
about kids. In fact it was so funny, i saved it. let me know if you
want it and I can forward it onto you.
exmp: if you hear the toilet flush and at the same time hear "uh oh" then its too late.
Dori...Well I yelled HOOOOOOOOOODIE HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! and Webster and his friend thought I was crazy...roflmao...its freezing out there today, was gonna go in the greenhouse, but too cold to walk the 50 feet to it...
The dog thought I was crazy!!! Hubby didn`t though LOL
As for the neighbors they only are around on weekends or holidays. I have a neighbor behind me ,but he is used to my yelling at our dog. She is 1 year old and doesn`t remember what the word NO means. Aleta
I joined Dave's Garden on February 13 and I'm looking forward to the "Michigan Gardening " form. I'm knee deep in snow and it doesn't want to stop! I'm keeping busy with all the garden catalogs, houseplant, orchids, and especially "talking to other members.
"Hoodie-Hoo" "Hoodie-Hoo". "Hoodie-Hoo".
Neighbors called 911,
some nice young men in thier clean
white coats are coming to take me awwwwaaaayyyyy.
hoo hoo hee hee to the funny farm, where life is beautiful
all the time.
(lets see how many are old enough to remember that song)
Besides a nice hearty yell of Hoodie-Hoo, I also hung this on my door today to try to inspire Spring to come.
I also have "They're coming to take me away" playing over and over in my head, thanks to cpartschick! ;p
I even had the game "camp granada" It had icy creepy crawlers that you had to collect or something.
My first 45 record (that I bought with my own money) was "sitting on the dock of the bay" by otis redding.
You know that would be a good thread. Asking what the first record or single that a person bought.
What do you think these folks down here at the condo in Florida will think when I get out on the balcony and start hoooodie hooing in the morning. I sure hope it works because I have to come back home next week.
OHHH Every time it snows I feel like it could be the last one...
Let it all out God we are waiting for Spring!!!!!
Is anybody got seed flats in???
I know you do Dori!! You are always on top of stuff. I don't.
Who has seeds and what you got in???
I've gotten a head start on the balcony in Florida. I have three trays with triple white, yellow and purple datura, amaranthus, geraniums, flowering kale, and blue queen salvia growing, all of which will need to get home safely and transplant next week. Where will I put it all? In the refrigerator are all the perennial seeds that I am stratifying using the coffee filter method I learned on Daves Garden. Mostly wildflower seeds saved or purchased. (I'm curently enamored with every salvia I can fine.) Already started the silver lupine, wild blue phlox and verbascum violetta. Probably have another 30 filters to transplant into pots to germinate. Soon will be the tomato seeds, about 30 varieties. I've overdone it but again. Nancy
still snowing hard here just got home from the Dow Gardens Know and Grow Seminar how kool I loved it Deann and her friends have to drive back to Au Gres (sp) its awful out there I'm saying a little prayer for them to be safe ;0(
If it lets up in a bit I'll go out and shovel if not I'll let the little mister do it with the quad I like to shovel though
I'm told we got about 6 inches of snow today. Glad to be in Florida for at least another month. I have tomatoes ready to pick in my Earthbox. Yummm. I also have plants started on the screen porch and will have to pot them up soon to make the trip back to Michigan.
Dori...Its all your fault Sunshine...you sent Mother Nature mixed signals with your 'HOODIE-HOE' call...Was in Midland yesterday at Dow Gardens at a Garden Seminar...Met Glevely (Gloria) and Bill, we really did not get the chance to talk long, but had a great time...The trip home was dicy, and took us over 2 hours in all that snow.
Always difficult to find the postings when you want to but this is a pretty good summary from the propagation forum:By poppysue
Pre-sprouting Seeds in Damp Paper Towel
I use this method for almost all my seeds unless they're just too darn tiny. It takes a bit longer but you have more control over moisture & temperature, the results are better, there's no waste with thinning, and you can watch what's going on with them. If the seeds aren’t viable – they’ll rot quickly and you aren't left staring at an empty flat for weeks wondering if they'll ever come up.
Cut paper towels into quarters, label with name of the seeds and the date. Then sprinkle the seeds on the paper towel, mist it with water until it's good and damp (not soggy), and fold the towel in ˝ or quarters. Place the towel squares in a covered container or a zip-loc bag. I've found the aluminum cake pans with the clear plastic lids work well. I keep a pan in my refrigerator for seeds that need moist pre-chilling and a pan on the kitchen counter for those that germinate in warm temps. A few things that require darkness I'll seal in a zip lock bag and place in a dark cupboard. The seeds that require light seem to be do fine with the clear lid on the pan.
Check the seeds at least every other day to see what has sprouted. Some seeds take just a few days - others take weeks. Any of the seed that have sprouted should be potted up. Plant them in potting mix with the little root going down and lightly cover with soil. After potting place them under lights or in a sunny window. They'll usually break the soil surface the next day. It's important to pot them as soon as you see signs of germination - if you let them go too long they'll grow into the paper towels and it's hard to remove them without breaking the roots.
Most people have switched to coffee filters because the seeds are much easier to remove than from paper towels. Also some people suggest adding a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the misting or wetting solution to deter mold. I use this method for seeds that need stratification by putting the packets in the refrigerator for the cold period, usually six weeks, then take them out and plant up as they germinate. Didn't have room for or desire to put potting soil in fridge. Hope this helps. Nancy
Wow that was some storm!!! I know I am behind in this post, but seems like I have beem living at work. We got 8 inches Im sure. YUCK! Cold and wind. Man I agree with the other posts couldn't see acrossed the road. Flags were sticking straight out with the wind. Felt sorry for the people on the road. Am very glad I was home from work for the day. The poor dog didn't want to go outside who can blame him huh? Hope this week is better. I have some crocuses peeking there little heads out! Planted so many new ones last fall!!!! Ronna
It got down to three degrees here last night. Burrrrrrrrrrrrr. Enough already. We want heat. The sun is shining and that is always great. I should go look at my propane tank and see how much I have left. I was hoping this tank would get us through till spring but I'm not so sure now with the cold weather we're having. At least the lake levels should come up some this spring with all the snow we've had. I read in the Farmer's Almanac that we're having an early spring. I'll see if I can find it online.
Long-range Weather Forecast
Annual Weather Summary
November 2008 to October 2009
Detailed 2009 Long-Range Forecast
for the Lower Lakes Region
Includes predictions for all or portions of Illinois (Aurora, Chicago, Naperville, Peoria, Rockford), Indiana (Fort Wayne, Gary, Hammond, Indianapolis, South Bend), Michigan (Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Sterling Heights, Warren), New York (Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Tonawanda), Ohio (Akron, Cleveland, Dayton, Parma, Toledo), Pennsylvania (Erie, Hermitage, Meadville, Sharon, Warren), Wisconsin (Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Waukesha).
After a mostly mild November, snow at Thanksgiving will signal the coming of a very cold period, especially in the west. Temperatures will seesaw from January through March. Precipitation will generally be below normal, with above-normal snowfall in the southwest and below-normal snowfall in most other parts of the region. The coldest periods will occur in December, early and mid-January, and in early and mid-February. The snowiest periods will be in early and mid-December, early to mid-January, early February, and early March.
April and May will have above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation, with hot temperatures in mid-May.
Summer temperatures will be near or slightly above normal, on average, with below-normal rainfall. The hottest temperatures will occur in early and mid-June and mid-July.
September and October will be cooler and drier than normal.
Detailed Forecast for the Next Two Months
Avg. Temperature: 24° (avg.)
Precipitation: 1" (1" below avg.)
Feb. 1-4: Snow showers, cold
Feb. 5-8: Rain and snow
Feb. 9-21: Snow showers, cold
Feb. 22-25: Sunny, mild
Feb. 26-28: Rain to snow, then sunny
Avg. Temperature: 33° (3° below avg.)
Precipitation: 5" (2" above avg.)
Mar. 1-3: Heavy rain to snow
Mar. 4-7: Showers
Mar. 8-9: Sunny, warm
Mar. 10-13: Snow showers
Mar. 14-17: Showers, then sunny, mild
Mar. 18-20: Rain to snow
Mar. 21-25: Snow showers, cold
Mar. 26-28: Rain and snow, then sunny
Mar. 29-31: Rain, mild
LOL it is Michigan!!!
I will be moving into the GH soon! my window seat is full and i want to start more stuff!!
hot may-that sounds wonderful-apricot trees bud the end of april and my may first we have a frost-hope we can
skip that frost this year-just get to may and stay warm!
we got about 4in of snow-and they said tricities would get the most-ha ha haaaaaa
i want to be a weatherperson when i grow up!
I was wondering if anyone here is taking the Master Gardener program in Ottawa County? My dd and I are taking it together, and we both love it. I'm having a blast!
Also, a quick question for herb growers in Michigan. What can you grow in a window inside? I bought a mint plant the other day and put it in the window. It's already turning black and drying up. It's not dripping wet but I HAVE been watering it. Do they just not do well inside?
My guess is that it got too cold by your window. Perhaps if you back it off from the window some especially at night it might have been OK. I close my lined drapes at night on all my windows. Last night it got down to zero here. Not sure what the temperature is up by the glass of the window but my guess is it could be too cold for tender leaves on plants.
I'm growing rosemary in front of my west facing window. It's sitting on the diningroom table about a foot from the glass and is doing fine. I'll plant it out come June and try to cut it back and bring it back in next winter. It needs a lot of water. I give it a cup of water a day.