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Our weather in the Texas Panhandle is challenging.
The Texas Panhandle can be very dry both in winter and summer because we have very little rainfall with an average of ~22 inches per year.
We experience all four seasons, but it can be extreme. In the winter, temps can reach as low as zero degrees and in the summer, sometimes it can be as high as 108. Spring and fall can either show up or blend right in with winter and summer. Some years we’re blessed with longer falls and springs.
The wind constantly blows. It can range from a constant breeze of 15-20 mile per hour with an occasional gust of 30 miles per hour to extreme winds around 40-50 miles per hour. In the winter, when you factor in the winter chill, it can feel like it’s below zero. Plants, people, and pets have a hard time surviving these terrible conditions!
The panhandle sometimes experiences tornadoes, blizzards, hail, and the occasional wildfire.
How and what do people grow in the Texas Panhandle?
Our area is known for farming wheat and corn. Many people that grow their own gardens grow squash and zucchini, pole and bush green beans, pumpkins, watermelon, okra, cantaloupe, cucumbers, potatoes, etc. And most grow from late spring to the first frost, usually in October.
Most of the time, the soil is either clay-like or too sandy. According to High Plains Gardening, most soil is deficient and needs to be amended. The best way most have found to amend their soil is to add a high quality organic matter. You can pick up organic material at a local greenhouse like Panhandle Greenhouse and Coulter Gardens. You can also make your own organic material with compost. Making your own takes a while, and in the long run, it’s more cost effective.
Pictures courtesy of my husband @shaunmagouirk!
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