Thursday, February 14, 2013

It Wouldn't Be Normal If Nothing Were Abnormal

This seemed to be our first winter in a long time that could be classified as "normal".  We didn't have any extreme wind storms, snow storms, ice storms, or arctic freezes.  This is a bit eerie come to think of it -- oh wait -- we did have had a bit more rain than normal (26" since Oct. 1 compared with our normal 23").

October through December was mild and wet, while January was cooler and drier.  Temperatures dipped down to the low 20s F (-5C) for about a week in January with high temperatures barely above freezing.  Cool pockets in the garden remained frozen over during this week, although the frost was never deeper than 1".

There is, of course, a month left of winter and we all know early spring can act a lot like winter.  However, we are out of the "arctic woods" so to speak.  The threat of temperatures falling below 20 degrees is behind us.  All in all, everything looks great in the garden and we are set for a hopefully great growing season!


  1. Although I love having snow days because we don't have to go to school, and because they're so beautiful, the garden and I were thankful for such a mild season this year!

    1. We've essentially been living in zone 9 for the past two years. I have a feeling it's not going to last a third year...