One mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is said to have declared the following about snow: let him take it away. This was his excuse for not farming around Harvard’s Square. He didn’t like the student. For Southcentral, it’s too much for one night. And while the roads are always clean in the end, we need a lot of really good spring thaws to clear our yards.
So snow! I think it has a nice aspect to it, but I think I’m having a hard time thinking about what it is. Given that you should see a pretty healthy green lawn around here this spring and summer. May be. We will see. It all depends on how much white stuff we get.
Yes, it provides an insulating cover to the ground. Those spring flowering bulbs appreciate it, and so do your perennials. If you didn’t mulch with the leaves, at least the snow cover will help keep the soil from freezing and thawing. But how much cover do you need? At some point, the insulation blanket turns into a weighted blank! I know these are all the rage, but wow.
I think it’s a little late to suggest checking if your outdoor greenhouse or warehouse can withstand this weight of snow. Of course, I’m lucky to be able to open the door without a bit of a shovel.
Speaking of opening the door, a large aluminum rake or an old shed hoe might help clear the snow off the roof. A flat spade may also help shave ice from the thaw.
When there is a lot of snow, you need to think about where you are loading things when you walk. Don’t put it where the last snow in the garden melts. You want that insulating power, but you want it to go away when everything clears up in the spring. It’s not a place you want to put lilac bushes or cotoneaster clumps in the summer.
You don’t have to tell them to brush the snow off the evergreen branches, shrubs, or hedges. (Still, remember: there aren’t many shrubs or hedges towering over white stuff just yet.) Similarly, if you need to melt ice, be careful where you melt it.
One of the great things about good snow cover is that it provides a good way for curious gardeners to see what else is at work in the garden. Look for footprints in the snow. Snowshoes are best, but over the years I’ve seen all sorts of ways on my way to the mailbox or to fill the bird feeder. I’ve never seen a weasel in my summer garden, but with enough snow, I can track where they hunt voles (and their tracks are often spotted) and experience a real sighting. I got
Speaking of bird feeders, I know walking in the snow can be a chore, but I’m sure your birds will appreciate the effort. ) It’s not that hard to keep those feeders full once the trail is paved.
Of course, during snowy months, driving conditions are always bad, and more snow is guaranteed. Instead of going outside, you can stay indoors to play with plants, grow tomatoes and lettuce, or recycle food scraps like celery stalks. You can even move your amaryllis to improve the performance of your poinsettia or sprout some houseplant seeds.Snow! This is one of the reasons why I insist over and over again that I want my readers to set up indoor lighting systems for their plants.
Jeff’s Alaska Garden Calendar:
Alaska Botanical Garden: Visit www.abg.org and take a closer look at the site. There are plenty of things such as winter illumination (ticket required). join. Gift a membership.
winter solstice: It will come and the light will come back. This doesn’t mean it’s too late to get a set of grow lights.