I love to garden. It is something my wife and I enjoy together. Working the ground, planting seeds or seedlings, working the ground some more to rid of weeds and keep the soil loose so the nutrients and rain can get to the roots, it’s a love affair with nature. That is what we do when the time is right. The time when the birds are chirping, rabbits are roaming our stretch of green and the temperature allows me to escape the house without burdensome coats, scarves, boots and gloves.
Well, in Virginia we are experiencing the opposite of growing season. The only thing growing as of late is the mounds of snow in my yard. For the third weekend in a row we have a winter weather event. Two weeks ago we received about six inches of the white stuff. The first time it was Winter Storm Iago, and it started at 2 pm on Thursday afternoon. Within four to five hours we had a half-foot of snow coating everything.
I was overjoyed. You see about fourteen months ago I bought a compact Kubota tractor to use in my gardening. One of the implements I included in the purchase was a scraper blade for dealing with snow. Up until this year we had not had a significant amount of snow to try out my “toy”. I don’t call it that, but everyone else does.
So after supper on that Thursday night I suited up, fired up “Kubo”, laugh I don’t care, and headed out for my first adventure plowing the snow. Within five minutes I was hooked and declared when I finished it was now my favorite snow activity. I plowed every stretch of road I could find. You see my wife has a hair salon and the main need was to clear the snow for the customers coming the next morning.
So now we fast forward to this weekend, with another five to six-inch snow. You would think I would be out plowing now instead of sitting here writing this post. Well I would be, but a little thing known as a blood clot behind my knee has me sidelined indefinitely. So the snow gardening is up to the second team, my wife and son. I made a bunch of pictures of them to share with this post and my friends in warmer climates.
If you read much of my stuff you know I was in Belize in December on a mission trip. I tend to favor their policy of banning snow. Shorts, t-shirts and crocs all the time sounds just fine to me. This winter of 2013 is already more snow filled than all of 2012. I hope to be up and able by the time the next storm comes, but I suspect the team will handle it if I cannot. I hope where you are the weather is better.