looking back

 
 
I wanted to see how different our weather is from previous years: 2009, Was a very cold and snowy winter. Snow was gone in most areas and my soil was workable by March 15. 2010, I planted peas on March 17, nice workable soil, no sign of snow. 2011, All of our snow melted the week of March 13 and by March 20 the soil was workable, crocuses, bluebirds, all that… 2012, My peas were planted on March 17 and UP on March 28, the last snow melted the first…
 

the first day of spring

 
 
cheers to spring! I don’t have any fresh garden vegetables left for my martinis. All that’s left from my garden are pickles – pickled cukes, peppers and beans. They’re chilling in the snow.
 

it’s spring!!

 
 
I’m writing this as I’m down in my backyard checking on my garden. I’m pretty disappointed. The bed I turned for my peas with high hopes of planting this weekend is now frozen solid. It’s rock hard. I can’t get the shovel out of the soil. I would say I’m not feeling real good about shoveling any more snow from my garden. Not when it can freeze up again so fast. I checked the straw bale I was hoping would be a good method for planting early. It feels ice…
 

Boston breaks its all-time snow fall record!

 
 
As of tonight, Boston officially has had 108.6 inches (9.05 ft, 2.76 meters) of snow this season, topping a all previous records back to 1872. I was trying to find the snowfall total for the western suburbs of the city, where my garden is, as we have gotten quite a bit more than Boston. I’ll add it here if I find it. Like everyone else in the area, I’m thinking: “All right already! Let’s have Spring now!!” The Boston Globe wrote last week that, given the amount of snow cover…
 

goodbye to coldest and snowiest February

 
 
Its the last day of a remarkable month. February 2015 has ended up breaking records in Boston as the second coldest and the snowiest February ever (64.8 inches – 5.4 feet). At least its a short month. I hope March is better. March is not starting out great: a snowstorm is forecast soon that is supposed to break our snowfall record making 2015 the snowiest winter on record in Boston. (We’re at 102 inches now – the record is here is 107.) I suppose some people love the snow, but…
 

snow, snow, snow

 
 
I’m watching to see if my garden hoops get covered with snow this year. The fence is 5 feet high. I certainly hope it doesn’t get covered! I’m also wondering if I’ll be able to find places to put my raw compost if we get any more snow. After each storm, I dig out a couple of the bins up near my kitchen. (The garden bin is covered with deep snow with no path to get there – I certainly can’t use that one.) The snow mixes with raw compost…
 

winter birds in my backyard

 
 
The big bluejays get first dibs at my feeder, while little birds wait in the trees for them to have their fill and move on. I love the little catkin-like buds on my star magnolia where the little birds wait. With all this snow I am trying to keep the feeders full. I should get a bigger feeder because the birds empty it in a couple hours. The big guys in the sky are the red tailed hawks. A pair hangs out in our back yard. I took these photos…
 

two and a half feet of snow!

 
 
The official snowfall measurement for our area is 30-32 inches. I haven’t made the trek down to my garden yet. I’m not sure if I can. I think snow shoes or even skis will just sink into this fluffy snow.
 

we have 28 inches of snow so far and it’s still falling

 
 
I cleared a path to the chicken coop. The hens are fine. A bit of snow blew into their run, so when it finishes coming down and blowing around I’ll lay down fresh straw. The hens are mostly staying put inside the coop today. I can watch them with a remote camera in the run. Only Bertha, my big, heavily feathered Brahma, is spending any time in the run. I’m hearing some news about the storm being stalled over our area and that its not doing any weakening yet. So…
 
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