Posts Tagged ‘winter’

Yep, it’s winter in Wisconsin

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A co-worker asked me last week if I was getting anxious to get back in my garden. I told her no, that I thought I still had a couple weeks before a serious case of seasonal affective disorder set in. (For me, that usually happens in February.) The same day, we were talking about how “warm” it seemed outside. The temperature at the time was about 10 or 15 degrees and we had just ended a streak of record-setting cold — highs during the day of minus 13 with a wind chill of 35 to 40 below zero. Continue reading

Garden cleanup interrupted by rude arrival of winter

Fall this year seemed to come and go quickly and I never really was able to take advantage of nice weather to clean up the garden the way I wanted. A mid-November morning attempt at pulling out the dead plants didn’t go exactly as planned; I learned the hard way that the saying “lift with your legs not with your back” also applies to pulling out stubborn tomato plants. Suffice it to say that getting stuck in the bent-over position isn’t fun. But, after a little rest, the back feels better.

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First snow of season

The 60s earlier this week were replaced by this overnight. Hello winter!


Dark skies come early these days

It’s amazing how quickly we lose the daylight in the fall. Here it is 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 and it’s already dark. I went for a walk after supper with husband Randy and figured I’d have plenty of time to pick the raspberries when we got back. It’s been taking me about a half hour to make my way around the patch, but by the time I got about half way around, it was getting difficult to see the ripe berries. By the time I reached the last of the branches, I wasn’t sure if I was finding all the ripe ones, the light had dimmed so. Continue reading

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.
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