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Post  SQFTBIX 1/31/2011, 12:36 pm

Well, that's for sure now. I was actually out in my garden raking the snow off my garden plots with a hoe Sunday. My wife lets me do these things but I am sure the neighbors were perplexed at the least. I figure if I take the 5 inches off of them, then the sun can break through and it won't be so long before they warm up. I easily have a month or so before anything can happen but it was just so nice outside as it was around 40 or so. I know we are going to get more snow but it was just so cathartic. It kind of itched a scratch. And my dog loved being outside. He's my garden buddy going on 11 years now.
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Post  miinva 1/31/2011, 1:03 pm

I did something along those lines, I was hand-scooping the snow off my pots because I didn't want all of that snow melting and going through my MM. I'll probably buy a bag of potting soil to start my seeds, though, since it will be more sterile. I didn't fess up to what I was doing when my husband asked me what I was doing on the deck *giggle*
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Post  Old Hippie 1/31/2011, 3:19 pm

Don't worry. Sanity is not all it's cracked up to be, hence my signature.

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Old Hippie wrote:Don't worry. Sanity is not all it's cracked up to be, hence my signature. Gwynn
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Post  ander217 2/1/2011, 7:11 am

When I was a kid the farmers referred to snow as "poor man's fertilizer". My dad always believed that winter wheat produced better after winters of heavy snow. I think there is some controversy about this idea among the experts, but those in the pro camp say that snow picks up nitrogen from the atmosphere (as does rain) and deposits it into the soil. Because snow blankets the earth and melts slowly, more nitrogen gets into the soil from snow than from rain which is more likely to run off.

So if it would make you feel any better, when you see the snow on your garden just think to yourself that it might be laying a nice deposit of nitrogen on your beds for the summer's veggies. lots o
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Post  camprn 2/1/2011, 7:53 am

ander217 wrote:So if it would make you feel any better, when you see the snow on your garden just think to yourself that it might be laying a nice deposit of nitrogen on your beds for the summer's veggies. I am certifiable for sure 695909
So that 9 foot pile of snow atop my garden is a Blessing. FABULOUS!!! Very Happy
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Post  FarmerValerie 2/1/2011, 8:55 am

SQFTBIX wrote:Well, that's for sure now. I was actually out in my garden raking the snow off my garden plots with a hoe Sunday. My wife lets me do these things but I am sure the neighbors were perplexed at the least. I figure if I take the 5 inches off of them, then the sun can break through and it won't be so long before they warm up. I easily have a month or so before anything can happen but it was just so nice outside as it was around 40 or so. I know we are going to get more snow but it was just so cathartic. It kind of itched a scratch. And my dog loved being outside. He's my garden buddy going on 11 years now.

My goal in life for as long as I can remember, was to live in TX and be known as that eccentric old lady down the road. I'm 2/3 of the way there, I'm in TX, they know me as a tad bit eccentric, but I'm only 44. It is not unusual to see me out in the garden in one of my summer dresses or shorts, with my galoshes (or rubber boots) on, and a wide brimmed hat, trudging through the mud, tilling around my plot, or just tilling a spot for the fun of it. I talk to my plants, they tell me what they need. Honey, if this is certifiable, then the rest of the world is sure missing out, I'll take certifiable any day.
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Post  SQFTBIX 2/1/2011, 10:50 am

Ok, now thanks to everyone, I feel not so wierd. It's like I was told a long time ago, wierd is as wierd does. Now I just have to convince my neighbors I am not alone. cyclops
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Post  middlemamma 2/1/2011, 5:53 pm

FarmerValerie wrote:Honey, if this is certifiable, then the rest of the world is sure missing out, I'll take certifiable any day.

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Post  WardinWake 2/1/2011, 6:04 pm

SQFTBIX wrote:Ok, now thanks to everyone, I feel not so wierd. It's like I was told a long time ago, wierd is as wierd does. Now I just have to convince my neighbors I am not alone. cyclops

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You are not alone. My son, who tinks his dad is really, really weird, and I were out in 34 degree rain and wind because I had just gotten permission to get a truck load of free goat manure and just could not wait to 'dig in'.

God Bless, Ward, Mary and Timothy - the involuntary compost turner.
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Post  jerzyjen 2/2/2011, 1:06 pm

We must be two peas in a pod then. I did the SAME thing on SUNDAY! My hubby didn't say anything to me about it, but I was happy to knock the layers off of my 2 table tops. I put down trash bags a few weeks back on a "warm day" (40), and I wanted to be sure that my work was not done in vain. Those beds need to be ready as soon as mother nature will let me out there!!
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Post  CarolynPhillips 2/3/2011, 12:42 am

you're not along, you're not alone, you're not alone.

I inspected my garden everyday after it snowed and I noticed something new to me.
My carrots had green tops when it snow and the green tops put out enough heat
that it melted the snow first. WE dont get snow so this is why it was new to me.
I thought it was neat how the bed was covered in snow (5 inches) but where ever there was a carrot left in the bed --it was melted around each carrot. Even the tiny baby carrots.
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Post  FarmerValerie 2/3/2011, 8:53 am

CarolynPhillips wrote:you're not along, you're not alone, you're not alone.

I inspected my garden everyday after it snowed and I noticed something new to me.
My carrots had green tops when it snow and the green tops put out enough heat
that it melted the snow first. WE dont get snow so this is why it was new to me.
I thought it was neat how the bed was covered in snow (5 inches) but where ever there was a carrot left in the bed --it was melted around each carrot. Even the tiny baby carrots.

Did you by chance take a picture? I would love to see this.
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Post  CarolynPhillips 2/3/2011, 1:42 pm

no, i did not take a picture. I thought people would think i was nuts for ewing and ahing over it. I thought it was sweet. I will keep them in mind if we ever get snow like that again. (once in a decade chance)
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Post  FarmerValerie 2/3/2011, 1:44 pm

ew and aw all you want to, I like to think it keeps those neighbors that you really don't want over anyway away.
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Post  CarolynPhillips 2/3/2011, 2:26 pm

weather channel says the south is goin to get pounded again next week so ---maybe pictures in the future after all.
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Post  FarmerValerie 2/3/2011, 2:33 pm

CarolynPhillips wrote:weather channel says the south is goin to get pounded again next week so ---maybe pictures in the future after all.

Not to mention the Farmer's Almanac predicts for the South Central U.S. in March 24th-27th. "A major storm brings a late-season blizzard to parts of the Southern Plains, with up to a half foot possible".
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Post  CarolynPhillips 2/3/2011, 4:09 pm

I have not bought an almanac this year---yet. I have not looked on the web either.
I have always compared the almanac to the past weather and it has always been pretty close---give or take several days.
So====Blizzard mid March? wow. gosh. speechless. I need an almanac and a pound of coffee but the roads are icy. Im too chicken to go out on the roads.
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