Snowy day – pretty and good for the garden

Snow on bushes

Friday's wet, heavy snow left a pretty coating on everything.

Friday’s snowstorm proved not to be as bad as I thought it would be. Yes, I’m still in that SAD phase of winter, but the snow was so pretty it was hard to get down about it. I know it’ll be good for the garden – we really haven’t much snow this winter (Friday’s 6.5 inches was the biggest storm of the winter). Come to think of it, until Friday’s snow, I hadn’t really thought about what the lack of it might mean for this year’s garden.

If the old weather lore that goes “Year of snow, crops will grow” is true, does this winter’s lack of snow mean trouble for the garden? If I think back to last summer’s garden, and the winter before it, the gardening proverb makes sense. Northeastern Wisconsin had one of the snowiest winters on record in 2010 – and I had a great garden in 2011.

But what does it mean for my garden that this winter has been one of the least snowiest on record? I don’t have many perennials right now (just a few salvia plants that anchor the corners of my garden), so it’s not a big loss if they don’t come through the winter in good shape. But I wonder how the raspberries will do with so much less moisture. And if we don’t get much more snow the rest of winter, will it mean I’ll need to do a lot more watering this spring and summer?

Maybe I should rethink my stance about a snow-less winter and hope we get dumped on a couple more times this year. All I need to remember about March snowstorms is that the warm-up is never far behind. It’s the best of both worlds!

Here’s a link to more snow photos I took Saturday afternoon while getting some exercise for our dog, Chloe.

One response to this post.

  1. I have been wondering also about the coming gardening season not only little snow but no extended cold spell to rid of some of the bugs.

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