Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Unexpected help, and learning from the sun.
One of the things that's been interesting about watching snow melt over the years is how much it tells me about my growing areas. You'd think you'd learn more about your growing areas by growing in them, but with snow melt I can really see where the sun hits much better. Certainly, during the summer it's a bit different, but you can see where the shade sits, and where the ground is warmed more consistently by the sun. For example, right up at the top of the front hill you can see that the snow is completely melted, where as down the terraces there is still snow in every garden bed. Some of that could easily enough be wind blowing snow off, but most of it is the exposure to sun by being exclusively South facing instead of South East facing as the terraced beds are. The terraced beds work out fine during the summer, but it does remind me that I should plant more sun craving plants in the ridge line beds more than the South East slope beds. More of a big reminder than that though is just how different the situation on the South facing ridge slope behind the house, and the terraced beds are at this point.
If you take a look Right you can see the front terraced slope, and the ridge line both. It reminds me that there's a reason I really wanted to get that slope terraced. Look how clear that is right now, even with everything else showing snow at least a bit. I don't know if I'm going to have the time and energy to get it terraced, but if I can it would make a huge difference to the amount of space we have to grow in. That's a very steep slope so if it isn't terraced growing there will be a major challenge. Either way, a good reminder, and an interesting way to learn. Yet another way my environment teaches me in new and unexpected ways.