Indianapolis, IN: It’s snowing today, which means I feel a certain obligation to post some pictures of snow scenes in my garden.
If you live where the sun is shining and you can skip about your garden in summer clothes today, you might want to get a blanket to wrap up in before continuing to read this post. Just the mere viewing of these pictures of snow scenes could cause your internal body temperature to drop a few degrees.
Or at least you might shiver once, just in sympathy.
The first picture above is of my new patio under snow. If you look closely you can just make out where the edge of the patio meets the edge of the lawn, up near the top.
Let me lift the camera up a bit to give you a broader view to put it into perspective.
This is not yet a deep snow. I can still make out the wooden forms around the raised bed vegetable garden off in the distance. That reminds me that I most assuredly, definitely, unequivocally want to, need to, must replace those raised beds in the vegetable garden this spring.
Speaking of the vegetable garden, I saw my aunt and uncle yesterday for a brief half hour when they stopped to visit with my mom. We talked about hot beds and cold frames. My uncle calls them hot beds, I call them cold frames. What do you call them?
Whatever you call them, he said if I built one and buried horse manure down under it, the decomposing horse manure would generate enough bottom heat to at least grow spinach, lettuce, and other cool season crops in the cold frame when it is cold outside. I’ve got to try that. There is a horse farm literally at the end of my street. I’ll bet I could get some “stuff” from them.
Ah, dreams of the vegetable garden… but let us return to the reality of winter..
This first significant snowfall has the weatherman and news reporters all in a frenzy. They are broadcasting from various roads and parking lots, reporting on the conditions of the pavement.
Sometimes they have to report that the pavement is just wet because the snow isn’t sticking.
That’s the case with the front walk which is on the south side of the house. Snow is not yet sticking to it. Contrast that with the patio in the back of the house, the north side, where snow is sticking quite a bit.
As temperatures drop and the heat stored in the pavement radiates away, snow will eventually stick to the front walk and the driveway, too. When that happens, I’ll get out my new Troy-Bilt Storm 3090 XP Snow Thrower and see how it works.
Until then, I’ll just enjoy the pretty view of the snow falling gently on the garden, coating the branches of the evergreens in a mostly decidedly festive, holiday coating…
And maybe get out some of my books on vegetable gardens and think about spring.