I like to watch how the snow thaws. It melts away from the edges of the raised beds in my community plot where the sun hits and warms the soil. My plot, with its raised beds, melts faster than plots with flat ground. I’m also in a location that’s just a little bit sloped and facing south. The flat plots at the base of the small slope always take longer to thaw.
And I’ve been watching the snow melt on the spot where I’d like to put my new home garden. There is a very slight slope there too, facing south. Also tall trees all around the open yard. The snow melts fastest at the top of the slope, which is right along the south facing tree line. I’ll put my garden in this spot.