Sunday, October 30, 2011

Winter Has Come Early

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It took me all day but I was able to get done the bulk of my fall garden cleanup today. I harvested as much as I could and covered most of my remaining tender greens with row cover. Our fridge is packed with veggies right now, which is a good thing since it'll be slim pickings from the garden for at least the next five months.

I was surprised by how cold it felt outside today. By 3 PM it began to drizzle and my hands were numb. Gardening under these conditions is neither fun nor easy.

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The rain slowly turned to snow and and by 5 PM, it began to accumulate.

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I took this picture earlier tonight. Right now, we have about 6 inches of snow on the ground. Interestingly the worst of the storm hasn't even reached us yet. When it's over, we're expected to get between 10 inches to a foot.

I don't think we've ever had anywhere close to this amount of snow in October before. It's hard to imagine the local kids having to trick or treat in their snow boots. If winter is arriving early this year, does this mean that spring will as well? For all of our sake, let's hope so.

16 comments:

  1. Snow has a certain novelty factor...but I wouldn't want to live where it falls regularly. Keep warm and rug up for Trick or Treat.

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  2. I want to put a jumper just looking at all that weather BRRRRR.

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  3. So not awesome. There's no need for snow before Halloween....Thanksgiving, actually.

    Bundle up!

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  4. I'm glade this storm stayed well east! We have been getting some really heavy frost lately though. I do hope this means spring is coming early :)

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  5. Hi, this is totally out of context, but I miss updates on your dogs!

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  6. We only got about two inches all told and it is mostly melted already. Yesterday I finished preparing the compost piles for winter. Now I have a whole empty enclosed black bin for any winter refuse. I still haven't staked my two apple trees and haven't figured out how to protect my fig trees. A large part of me wants to just leave them this winter and see what happens. If they die back to the ground, I'll know they need protection here. I'm supposed to wrap them up, but haven't figure out how without them looking just terrible.

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  7. That is a big snow event for so very early in the season. I wonder if this bodes for a hard and prolonged winter or is just a one off event?

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  8. Ohh such ugly pictures!! We are suppose to be getting snow on wednesday..i hope it a lie!

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  9. Oh my. Winter already. Even now I'm planning for spring and ordering seeds.

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  10. I hope that you faired well through the storm. We had a lot of damage here.

    They say "If there is an early snow, it will be a mild winter". I hope that "they" are right!

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  11. I don't get snow, but I get heavy frosts here, so now I'm interested in your preparations. Will anything survive in your garden through that snow storm? What did you use for "row cover"? Have you considered using a glass house to keep some veges going through winter, or is it just too cold? Sorry for all the questions, I just have no experience with gardening in snow and it fascinates me!

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  12. Hello Thomas, I'm passing the Liebster Blog Award on to you. Love your site.

    Johan

    http://wildfood-johan.blogspot.com/2011/10/liebster-blog-award.html

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  13. Oh wow! Glad you got your fall clean up done in time. It would have been a nightmare doing it with all that snow. I'm in Ohio and I was so glad that we did not get the snow. I feel so bad for all of you.

    ~Lynn

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  14. I'm spending a little time checking out new blogs, so i thought id stop and say hello to you folks. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

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  15. Well winter is a great season but this uncertainty is the result of global warming and pollution and this must be controlled.

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