The past three days have been too busy for me to blog. Besides taking care of business, I had to feed the fire and part of that was splitting more wood to feed that fire. A good ol' country health spa.
Although the goldfish pond has been frozen over a few days, the stream between the upper falls (filter) and second falls stayed open for the birds and some nocturnal animals to get their drink.
Strangely, the water going over each falls froze over with water running underneath, but the four foot section of stream never froze. I am supposing the rocks on both side and ground heat gave it the extra needed to stay open. Good thing since the extra water we put out there froze overwithin 30-45 minutes.
Hopefully, this is the coldest snap we will have this year. I like the short seasons we have to give us change, but I like winter to be the shortest.
Some people prefer the winter because of their favorite activities (skiing, ice fishing, skating). Some make some of their seasonal income from the snow season like renting snowmobiles, ski resorts, cutting firewood, and digging out driveways.
My apologies to those who do, but I compare the cold snowy climate like a city. They are fun places to visit, but I don't want to live there.
With all that said, I will probably start some of my cool weather greens this week. I have seen from the fall that they can handle some pretty chilly weather, so as long as I harden them off well and give a little protection, I should be harvesting in early March.
It will be a real treat to get my hands back in the dirt, well... potting soil. I know that might have some of you scratching their heads, but many gardeners develop this "thing" for dirt.
The artichoke must be doing well under the mounds of wood chips. They keep growing their tops out and I keep cutting them off, but this past week I let the freeze do it. Maybe that will get the point across that they need to do their growing underground or just chill out for another 6-8 weeks.
I compared notes with another grower at the last Weed'em and Reap meeting and they have had no luck growing this as an annual either. I planted them early this past spring (even had to cover them a few times, but they did not flower. Maybe our weather swings get them confused.
I read that the plant needs to chill, so they should be happy now. Hopefully it did not please them to death.
I also read that cutting them back will help them form more (smaller) flower heads. If that works, mine should have a record number, whatever that is.
Sitting here I looked over at the begonias I brought to the last meeting and need to propagate some more. Jere & Donna, I think it is a variegated Angel Wing Begonia, but I will put a picture up here in a separate post and see what people say. It flowers, but infrequently and they are not spectacular, but any are nice.