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Local weather is making it difficult for gardeners to plant Spring crops

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Local weather is making it difficult for gardeners to plant Spring crops.

“During the normal course of daily life the past week and a half,” reported Debra Hopkinson former owner/partner of the DanDe Greenhouse here in Clinton, Tennessee, “we have noticed that a few of our local regular gardeners managed to get their garden plots plowed during last week’s short four days of dry and unseasonably warm weather, as we have also personally done. But the recurring waves of rainfall every three to four days is making it difficult for those same gardeners to manage to get their garden soil ready for planting. Any avid gardener knows that tilling your garden soil when wet creates more problems than waiting patiently for the soil to dry out enough so that tilling produces a finely chopped soil, rather than producing clumps of wet soil (especially when the soil contains a fair amount of clay). Clumps of soil, like rocks, make it difficult to not only sow your seeds, but inhibit proper cultivation as the growing season progresses. Our personal rule of thumb is that we need at least two to three days of clear, dry weather, before our garden plot has dried enough to work the soil properly. And in checking our local 7-day weekly forecast, there appears to be a stretch of three clear and dry days coming early next week, so maybe we local, regular gardeners will be able to get our garden soils properly prepared and our Spring cool weather crops planted.”

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