So that was awesome! Probably one of the easiest winters we’ve ever seen here in Niagara. Very, very mild overall, but the best part… almost no snow. It seams everywhere around us had normal snowfall this winter, but us… no so much. Lots of rain because of the mild temperatures and when it did snow it seemed to miss us! Well our luck ran out last week. We got about 50cm of snow over a two day period, bringing to an end a nice snowless mild spell. Good thing is it got warm acouple of days after and its all melted now.
Last evening we were out it was 18C today, we can’t get above 4C, however, I think this is the last really cool weather… the ten day forecast calls for more “normal” temps for this time of year, which means that Winter is done!!!
That said, when it looks like we are in for spring weather, its time to uncover the old bogs. Its important to get the cover off before it starts getting too warm… you don’t want things starting to grow or the warmth and dampness to be caught in the needles which will cause mold or fungas growth, you want to get these guys open to the fresh air as soon as possible. There are no freezing temps at night in the upcoming forecast but even if there were, I’m not worried. The plants are still fully dormant and quite able to handle it. At this point even a freak snow is not an issue.
As you can see in the photo, I didn’t really clean things up… I just roughly removed the pine needles. There are still plenty that need to be removed, but at least the air is flowing now. In the next couple of weeks, I will be giving the bogs a clean out, but for now… I just want to get them opened up. The other thing too is that the sun is strong now… and you want the plants that have phylodia or the everygreen types like psittacina, purpurea and minor to start photosynthesizing… you can’t do that buried in pine needles!
As you many of you know… I started a zone6b facebook group… called… yep you guessed it, zone6b! so if you’re on Facebook and want to join in, just search it up. Lots of great photos and discussion between other cold climate growers… so far we have 75 members… and we’re growing!
With this official un-needling of the bogs, its officially the 2017 growing season! 🙂 I hope everyone has a great season.