Spring arrived in much of California this past week, and now it's up to its usual mood swings. It was very hot (85 F degrees), dry and windy on Friday, warm again on Saturday and a bit cooler and breezier on Sunday. The spring flowers and tree blossoms are spectacular.
This warm weather means that the grapevines will start their initial push for the 2009 crop. Most growers here remember all too well what happened this time last year when we got a burst of warm spring weather. A hard frost—the worst in some 40 years—damaged many vineyards, cutting the crop by as much as 50 to 80 percent in some areas.
I noticed that some vineyard owners were testing their frost protection wind machines over the weekend to make sure they're ready if needed.
I did some light gardening on Sunday, removing some of the dead plants that had been killed either this year as a result of our winter freezes, and some that were damaged last year. My azaleas were hit pretty hard, so I trimmed away the dead branches, hoping that the plants will make a recovery.
Then I had a brief bout of spring-cleaning fever in my garage—but as I'm not much of a gardener and I’m not big on cleaning either, after a couple of hours in the garden and staring at all the stuff that needed to be done, I decided to quit, remembering that there were two NCAA games. I settled in for a dose of March Madness. The gardening and garage can always wait.
Jason Thompson — Foster City, CA — March 30, 2009 10:35pm ET
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