That in itself isn’t all that unusual. Part of the greeting in the country tends to be “hot (cold) enough for ya?” Everyone has an opinion on the moisture situation. When anything seems the least bit abnormal, the old-timers start telling dire stories of yester-year. I must admit, I do that myself.
But, this year the winter has seemed interminable. It isn’t often that we have big snows in March, let alone THREE of epic proportion. Everyone is more than a little weary of the white stuff, of the cold, of the dark and dreary days.
I began to wonder WHY everyone (including me) was struggling so. Winter is always long and dark and cold. So what’s the big deal?
|ice crystals on the potato plants|
|Potatoes are tropical plants and don't handle cold well at all! |
I knew that last year’s warmth was unusual, but wondered if we had ever seen snow this late. A little scrounging in my photo files revealed that this is NOT unheard of…no indeed. (there are some definite benefits to being a bit of a hoarder) We’ve had snow this late before…check this out. March 2006.
A few weeks later and things were incredibly lush and green.
There is a cycle you can count on from year to year, but the exact timing is never the same twice. We’ve done this long enough to know you can’t get too anxious…and our plans are always subject to change because of the weather.
Last year was wonderful in some ways and awful in others. This year will be great in its own way…we just have to wait and see what that will be.