I was inexplicably drawn to the vegetable garden yesterday; I suppose to see how it looked under a foot of snow.
All the usual clichés apply.
The snow is like a fluffy, thick, blanket.
It looks like Siberia.
It’s so white, and pure, and pristine, and quiet.
When I see the garden like this, it is hard to imagine that in seven weeks or so, I’ll be planting peas, but I will be.
I used, of all things, a yard stick to measure how much snow had fallen in my yard.
After I took the picture, I wondered why I had chosen the dirtiest yard stick I have for this picture. It’s the yardstick I use to make short straight rows, actually depressions, in the garden when I’m sowing lettuce, radishes, spinach and other early spring crop seeds.
Did I mention I would be sowing them in about seven weeks?
Trudging through the snow out to the garden, I did not see any other tracks, just those I made myself.
I didn’t spend a lot of time out there because once you have snow coming up over your boots, it isn’t so fun to walk in it or lay down in it to make a snow angel. (Yes, I briefly considered making a snow angel because snow brings out the little kid in all of us, once we’ve shoveled the drive off and don’t feel so trapped by it all.)
It feels very alone out there in the snowy garden, seeing no tracks, no movement to speak of. I don’t know where the rabbits are hiding, but this rabbit statue has nowhere to hide, and just provides another reminder of how deep the snow is.
Wherever the rabbits are, I hope they are safe, and preparing to move away. But I’ll assume they aren’t going anywhere, so in seven weeks, when I sow the seeds for the early spring crops, I’ll also have to come up with some ways to keep the rabbits from eating them before I have a chance to.
In just seven weeks… I can wait seven more weeks. After all, I still need to order my seeds!
Congratulations to commenter number 20, Robbie, the lucky winner of six packets of seeds from Botanical Interests.
For all those who didn’t win, I have good news! Kathy at Cold Climate Gardening is also hosting a seed giveaway, starting Friday, January 30th. Go there Friday and check it out! (If you go there before Friday, the link won’t work, so wait until Friday!)