Winterized! I'm ready...or am I?


Loretta Liefveld 

When does winter really start? Is it a date? Is it a temperature? Is it whenever you are "stuck" inside?  My answer is that it's different for different folks.

When our nighttime temperature first got down to below zero, I said "Winter is officially here."  But that was one night. We then had twoo weeks of drop-dead, gorgeous weather. Hmm ... maybe winter wasn't here after all. Then, one day, we had some snow flurries. Wow! Winter was finally here. But it didn't even stick to the ground, much less stay for even a day. Hmm ... maybe winter wasn't here after all. We finally had a 4-to-5-inch snowfall that covered not only the ground, but laid a 5-inch layer of snow onto the top of our heat pump, and 4 inches onto our portable greenhouse. NOW, winter was finally here.

But I was prepared (or so I thought). I had made hoops for one of my raised beds out of PVC pipe and shower curtains. I had gathered what seemed like tons of pine needles to cover my herb garden in a layer about 3-to-4 inches deep. I would have used leaves as mulch, but the leaves weren't falling much at that time. I pushed the pine needle mulch especially high right around the base of the plants. I had researched the plants to see which ones might survive and learned that for some of them, I should cut them down to the ground and pile mulch completely over the top of them. 

I was ready for winter! But was it enough?

The apple and cherry trees finally started dropping all their leaves, making a deep mat of leaves on the ground.  I did rake some up into a pile, but the pile never made it onto the garden.  

1/2/2018 8:16:58 AM

Loretta, you and your dogs have acclimated to Idaho Winter really well. That's what I like about Nebraska. Winters with snow, Springs with new life, Summers with hot weather, and Fall with beautiful color. Living in an area that has distinct seasons is awesome. I love them all but Spring has to be my favorite. The video of the dogs tells it all. And you making a snow angel takes me back to childhood. ***** Have a great Idaho snow day. ***** Nebraska Dave

1/1/2018 9:56:37 AM

Dave, yes, the weather is quite different, even though we 'supposedly' live in the 'banana belt' in Idaho. Thankfully, we are retired also, so we don't have to drive in the snow unless we want to. The transplanted herbs just LOVED the summer here, much more than Central California! Everything got big very fast. If they don't make it through the winter, I'll get more and keep experimenting. I'm bound and determined to have my herbs! The dogs absolutely LOVE the snow surprisingly. I thought they would hate it, but check out the video my husband made, of the dogs playing in the snow:

12/29/2017 9:18:45 AM

Loretta, you have some really fascinating goals with the move to Idaho. As you are finding out, the weather is quite different in Idaho than California. This year it seems the bitterness of Winter is shaping up to be one of those extreme Winters. It's been really cold here in Nebraska as well but not so much snow. I would guess we have had in the three snows about five inches maybe. It really made for a nice Christmas but New Year's Eve the prediction is for -25 degrees. That's rare for Nebraska but does happen from time to time. I'm just thankful for modern conveniences during those times. Being retired I don't even have to go out in it if I don't want to. I'm wondering what your California transplanted plants are thinking about Idaho weather? Hopefully, they will survive and learn to thrive in their new home. Do the dogs like to play in the snow? ***** Have a great Idaho Winter day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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