Snow days at Larrapin Garden

Posted on Jan 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Snow days at Larrapin Garden

The blue chairs in snow

The blue chairs in snow

We finally got snow last at Larrapin! Thursday morning dawned with a perfect three inches of crunchy powder on the ground. It was *so* cold I didn’t get out to tromp around as much as usual. But dashed out to snap a few snow pics later that afternoon.

Ada in her element

Ada in her element

Ada the farm dog loves, loves snow and appears totally immune to cold. She sprawls in the snow as it it were a fluffly summer yard. In rain, she’ll hide out in the heated workshop where her bed is, but in snow, she’s outside, lounging.

Hibernating Chickens

Hibernating Chickens

Then chickens, on the other hand, have just decided to hunker down till spring. They wouldn’t even come outside (at first) to scratch grain (aka “crack” to the hens…). They finally emerged once the temps came up this weekend.

Xmas tree, acting as fig shield...

Xmas tree, acting as fig shield...

Underneath the old Christmas tree, the cut back stems of the fig are hopefully cozy and protected. They have a blanket of shredded leaves too.

The sleeping garden...

The sleeping garden...

Underneath that winter sky and layer of snow, there’s a green, green springtime just waiting to appear. And the new/recycled garden bench is ready, as the perfect spot to watch.

As deep winter as it looks, it’s not that long till indoor seed -starting time! This worksheet-calendar over at Organic Gardening magazine looks really handy, and lists some of my favorite veggies. You customized the dates using your spring-frost date.

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/seed-starting-chart

And for an online version, here’s a quick and easy calendar for some basic veggies thanks to Skippy’s Vegetable Garden, one of my favorite garden blogs. You’ll find it here:

http://bioarray.us/Skippy’s%20planting%20calendar.html

Enjoy!

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