Monday, March 1, 2010

Full Snow Moon

I think I'm going to start keeping track of the full moons here. People tend to ignore the moon now, but it was much more noticable before people had electric lighting, and an obvious natural way to mark time. According to The Farmer's Almanac, Native Americans of the northern United States called the full moon that fell in our month of February the Snow Moon.

Normally this wouldn't really work out, since if we do have snow here, it's usually in January, our coldest month. This year was strange. When we did have precipitation, it was warm enough for it to be rain, and when it did freeze, even though we had record cold a few times, they were dry freezes with no ice, sleet, or snow.

Until last week! Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you snow in Texas:

Of course, this week it's in the 60's and sunny. I got a lot of work done in the garden this past weekend digging up more rocks. Our last average last frost date is supposed to be March 15. I'm not sure how long ago that average was calculated, but it wouldn't surprise me that in the last few years it's gotten earlier. By March it's probably safe to start planting warm-weather crops like tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, corn, and melons. Ooh, it's exciting!

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