Saturday, February 5, 2011
At this point, we've pretty much given up. It's amazing how one bad New England winter can really wear you down to the bone. There's over 3 feet of snow in the backyard and about twice as much around the house where we've plowed. Yesterday, we had to hire professionals to remove upwards of 4 feet of snow from our roof, further contributing to the pile up. Ice dams had formed all around our roof and the excess moisture was beginning to seep into our house - evidenced by our bedroom ceiling, which will have to be repainted.
It's ironic then that I'm dreading the approach of spring. Our ground tends to thaw rather slowly while our springs tend to be pretty wet. These things alone can cause many basements and yards in our area to flood, including our own. You add 3 feet of melting snow to the mix and well...you have a potential disaster on your hands. Needless to say, I am hoping for a very dry spring accompanied by a slow gradual thaw.
On the gardening front, I'll be sowing the first of my seeds this weekend (I really haven't been in the mood get to started lately). The leaves on my Meyer lemon tree are beginning to show signs of yellowing again. Now I'm starting to believe that this may be due to a moisture issue. There's a real possibly that most of its leaves will be gone by April. If that happens, then I'll have to prune the tree back aggressively to ensure new growth and say goodbye to any chance of a good lemon harvest next fall. Hopefully I'll be able move my citrus trees to the hoop house sometime next month as I'm sure the added sunlight would benefit them greatly.
How are the rest of my fellow New Englanders holding up?