I’m a bit of a weather junkie. Intense storms really excite me; the damage to my garden, however, does not! I don’t really mind snow, but if it is going to snow, then freakin’ SNOW. I can do without the 2″ inducing milk-bread-egg-buying-panic!
February ’09 gifted us with 3 blizzards in one month. Everything shut down, it was glorious! This past Summer we were handed a hurricane, earthquake, and a flood, all within the span of two weeks. Excluding the massive damage, I loved every minute of it.
Last week, there was talk of a Nor’easter headed our way. Never can I remember seeing measurable snowfall in October, but still I decided to air on the side of (excited) caution. Much of Friday afternoon was spent outside winterizing the grounds and gardens; plants were pulled, herbs were cut, and stakes, cages, and trellises were taken down and put away. Only the cold-hardy, not-yet-ready-for-harvest, plants remained.
Here are a few pictures of what my fall gardens looked like Friday, October 28.
This is what went down all day and into the night, Saturday, October 29.
Once I realized this Nor’easter was no joke, I bundled up, bolted outside and began pulling my onions, chard and celery. Harvesting in the snow kind of sucks, big time! The weight of the wet snow had already begun to snap the chard and celery stalks!
After it was all said and done, I think we had about 6 inches of branch-breaking, power line-downing, snow. The rest of the week is going to be in the high 50’s, and thankfully it has begun to melt. My kale in the front garden (not pictured) made it through the storm, but I have yet to survey the main garden or the greens bed.
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