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Today it was announced that our governor was extending the stay at home order due to Covid-19 until June 4th. Well, another month of lock down, I suppose. Not much changes for us — we’ll be here at The Lazy Dog Farm all summer doing what we always do. That is, if summer ever comes.

I just looked out the window to find snow coming down in massive squalls! I knew it was going to get cold tonight as we have a “polar vortex” hovering over our little part of the world for the next 24 hours or so, but I wasn’t expecting it to start snowing right after lunch. I hurriedly tossed my shoes on and ran outside to the early plants with my trusty extra sheets and sack towels to cover up the tender shoots before the cold kills what little progress we’ve made in the garden. Due to the cold weather, we put moving our starts outside — I’m desperately trying to keep the tomatoes and peppers from getting too leggy. It’s hard to do when they’ve been ready for the outdoors for a week, but the outdoors isn’t ready for them yet. Sigh. Life on a farm. 

On the upside, my chives are big and fat and nearly ready to flower. I’ve been raising the same batch for going on 3 years. I harvest some, pinch back some flowers and let the rest bolt. It seems to be working, and I don’t mess with much in between seasons. I wish all plants were like chives.

I still can’t believe it’s May, and snow is falling. The winter refuses to let go! After a few days in the high 60s and mid 70s, I thought winter had headed off for parts unknown. But here it is, back again, with a vengeance. Tonight, is supposed to dip into the mid 20s, with a stiff wind and I’m sure we’ll lose some portion of our plants by morning. A hard freeze right now is just a disaster - the seedlings are sturdy, but none of them are hardy to this level of cold. 

Oh well. There’s really not much we can do other than cover the plants, move as many containers as we can close to the house to catch any heat coming off the bricks, and wait. This weather has also put a stop to our driveway project. We’re so close - another twenty feet or so and we’re at the main road. We have all the material and time in the world, and the stupid weather is putting everything on hold. It’s too wet to dig with all the clay we have in our driveway and it’s way too cold to stack rock. So, inside we go to work on projects we put on the back burner while we’ve been working on our driveway. 

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