Snow is a Good Insulator in the Garden


All that horizontal snow blow yesterday changed directions last night and fell straight down onto the garden. All my “pretty pictures” are gone as if someone wiped the whiteboard clean. It reminds me of a moonscape and it’s still coming down.

I had to wear my rubber boots to check the trap in the garden. It was buried. The whole garden is 12″ deep in snow. I get grumpy when I can’t see the ground so it’s a good thing I had a nice fire in the fireplace to sit in front of while starting my 6 packs.

I was so annoyed that there was this much snow in the garden because I knew it would take a week to melt. Then last nights temperature dropped to 8° and I realized that without all the insulating properties of the snow I would have lost my garlic and onion starts. It’s a good thing it was there. It probably protected lots of insects trying to overwinter too.

I read that gardening in Florida is fraught with insect problems because it never gets cold enough to kill them. The cold makes the Brussels sprouts sweeter, and kills all the aphids on them, which is the only insect that causes me any problems, so I should probably be thankful for a little bit of winter, but I’ll always look forward to the last frost.


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