so how much snow do you have?

veilchen(5b southern Maine)March 16, 2005

Well. Yesterday I was determined to shovel off parts of my vegetable garden (raised beds) so the soil will dry out faster. At this point in time, the insulating effects of snow are not needed as much, and with the air temp rising (a little), I figured the sooner I could get the snow off the beds, the sooner I can plant peas.

Trodded out there in the remnants of a snowblower path from about 3 storms ago. Had to be careful because my feet kept sinking. Reached what appeared was the edge of my vegetable garden (I could tell because the tips of my rose bushes were sticking out of the snow). Started to shovel down. Shoveled down quite deep, up to my hip, and still did not reach the ground. Finally came across the PVC pipe we have stuck in the ground that we use as a hose guide. That pipe is about 18" high, and I was standing on top of it, in snow that was about 3' deep. So that makes 4' +!

I am in awe. I don't think I've ever stood in snow so deep. I kept shoveling a path (having to chip through the layer of ice about 12" down). Was hard to keep on track, on the path, when I can't see the outline of my raised beds. Did not find a bed yet, shoveling blindly. Maybe I need to go deeper. Beds are 12" high.

This is crazy. I got tired and decided to give it up until the next day. Will shovel a little more til I find a bed. Not everywhere in my yard is the snow as deep, but the garden area is pretty open and the snow seems to have drifted that way. Under trees and stuff the snow is not nearly as deep. But still. I think if I do find a raised bed and manage to dig off the snow, it won't matter much, because the raised bed will be in kind of a snow hole, and not much sun will reach it.

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maineman(z5a ME)

Sounds like you need to move a lot of snow off of your garden area. Any chance your snowthrower would be up to the task?


    Bookmark   March 16, 2005 at 11:00PM
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veilchen(5b southern Maine)

It's having trouble with the wet heavy snow and the layer of ice underneath. I'm too busy the next few days to do anything about it, hopefully it will melt significantly.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2005 at 7:28AM
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lilyroseviolet(Maine 4and 5)

I am starting to worry about the garlic I planted. Two large beds 30x20feet with garlic every 6 inches! More worried about the potential of rotting in the ground.

Veilchen, good call on trying to get the snow off your beds. I like your spunk and determination.
Although, I dont own a snow blower, nor am I back in Maine to have access to getting the snow off my garlic beds- I wont be back till April. Iam gonna try and be more optimistic though.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2005 at 8:25PM
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