Sunday, December 20, 2009

Second Snow Storm of the Year

Second Snow Storm
We woke up to more snow this morning. There was a bit of fog in the air as well. Perfect weather in my opinion for a nice fire and some comfort food.

Second Snow Storm 3
My reinforced hoop houses are doing a much better at withstanding the weight of the snow this time around. By noon, we had about 8 inches on the ground. The metal frames did not move an inch, which is a good indication that the PVC cross bars have helped to stabilize the structures.

Second Snow Storm 4
Also by noon, the temperature outside had reached 18 degrees F, while the sensor inside my hoop houses registered 30 degrees. Not bad if you ask me for a snowy and cloudy day. I dusted the snow off the tops of my hoops houses just to be on the safe side but left most of the sides untouched. I'm hoping that the white stuff will act as a kind of added insulation for the next couple of days.

As I was outside doing my day's chores, a rather large flock of crows settled into the tall pine and oak trees in our backyard.

crows 2
I couldn't help but wonder where they were headed off to. Hopefully somewhere warmer.


  1. What a difference the hoop houses make in temperature! Great that they are holding up under all that snow. I think you are right about the snow insulation thing!

  2. I thought of you today and wondered how your hoop houses were holding up. Looks like we are going to escape this storm's heavy snowfall here in my area of Maine. Only a few inches are expected overnight.

  3. Wow, that's a lot of snow! Thank goodness it's a weekend, but I'm sure you'll be digging out tomorrow.

  4. The reinforcements added to the hoop houses worked great! Man...i'd really hate to be dealing with all that snow right now....but the 12 degree difference between the outside and inside the hoop houses is really good - if ya ask me.

  5. The hoop houses are doing splendidly! Both in holding up to the weight of the snow - but also in their capture and retention of warmth.

    I hope you had a lovely day sitting out the storm.

  6. That’s a lot of snow! But hoop houses are doing just fine - that’s great news. Maybe you will keep them for next year as well?

  7. The hoop houses looks so pretty in the snow. It is a shame you had to brush them off, but it seems smart.

  8. Very nice hoop houses and beautiful snow scenes, look forward to more of your winter garden study.