There sure is a lot of talk about the weather amongst gardeners, even though we know that talking about the weather won’t change it. In fact, many of us live in a place where everyone says “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute, it will change”. We say that all the time here in Indiana.
But knowing we can’t change the weather doesn’t stop us from watching weather forecasts, thinking about the weather, worrying about the weather, and comparing weather notes with one another, not only door to door, but state to state and country to country.
Yes, many of us are weather obsessed gardening geeks.
You, too, might be a weather obsessed Gardening Geek if…
You have a rain gauge in the garden and regularly check it after every rain. Bonus points if you have more than one rain gauge and compare the amounts in each. Double bonus points if you have a weather station that measures rain to the hundredth of an inch.
You have a weather station to track all the weather data for your garden. Bonus points if you report data from your weather station to a local weather authority.
When a late freeze in the spring or early frost in the fall are imminent, you think it is okay to actually remove blankets from your own bed to cover the plants. Bonus points if you have purchased coverings just for your plants.
During a hailstorm, you’ve considered running out to the garden with an umbrella to protect your prize winning hostas. Subtract all bonus points if you’ve actually done this! It’s okay to think about it doing it, but not to actually do it. It’s dangerous to be out in a hailstorm.
You know not only your USDA hardiness zone, but also the expected last freeze and first frost dates for your area. Bonus points if even knowing this information, you’ve lost a plant or two due to a late freeze or frost.
You write down the high and low temperature each day in your ten year garden journal. Bonus points if you get the temperatures from your own weather station.
You buy an almanac every year so you can check out the weather information. Bonus points if you consult the almanac before making gardening plans.
You try to watch all the local news broadcasts so you can hear what each weather forecaster says about the weather. Then you try to figure out who is the most accurate. Bonus points if the The Weather Channel logo is burned into the screen of your TV because you’ve watched it non-stop since that bad spring of 2007!
And finally, you might be a weather obsessed gardening geek if…
You tweet about your weather on Twitter. Bonus points if you also read tweets about other gardener’s weather and reply back.
If you aren’t a weather obsessed gardening geek, you might still be a general all-around gardening geek or some other kind of gardening geek. Check out these clues:
Now who’s a gardening geek? And proud to be one!
(The hellebore pictured above has nothing to do with the weather, other than frost and freeze won’t bother it. I just thought it was pretty.)