The Mother of All Snow Curls

Want to see the mother of all snow curls? The picture is at the bottom of this post.  Do you know what a snow curl is? Maybe you know it by another name, but if you live anywhere where there is a lot of snow during Winter, you’re probably familiar with them. Snow falls and lands on the roof. Maybe the weather warms up and the snow slides off the roof. But if it doesn’t warm up, and instead turns colder, the bottom layer of that snow will turn to ice.

Once it turns to ice, it really has to warm up in order for the snow to melt enough to slide off the roof. When it does warm up, you’ve got the perfect storm brewing. A storm of snow curls, that is. Some of them hang around for weeks.  Here are just a few of the ones at our Valley homestead.

 

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A little baby snow curl…

 

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A snow curl in the making. A layer of snow starts to melt in the winter afternoon sun and the snow just starts to slide. Then, it cools down in late afternoon and this happens.

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And this….

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A good layer of snow on the roof of the woodroom.

 

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That layer of snow melts enough to start to curl, but it’s not warm enough to have the snow actually slide off the roof.

 

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An awesome snow curl hanging off the back of the woodroom.

 

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Here’s the mother of all snow curls…it surpasses anything we have ever seen in the Valley. This is the snow on the porch side of the house (the side that looks over the garden and pastures.  You can see the lines from the metal roof! Pretty cool, eh?

 

 

The First Snow

It’s here. Not a lot of snow has fallen yet, but there is definitely a dusting all over the yard. 15 Centimeters are expected by the end of today so Graham is busy getting the tarp over the Greenhouse.

 

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I spent a couple of hours late yesterday afternoon, getting the main gardens finished and running around picking up garden tools and cleaning up around the barn area. Here’s what the yard looked like late yesterday afternoon. The work is mostly done and at the very least, mulching is done and tools are picked up.

 

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It’s really important for anyone living in the Cariboo to get their tools picked up, cleaned and put away for the Winter. There is a real danger here of losing items because they are buried under snow – if we didn’t clean up, we might find the tools until April.

This summer, we had a friend hay the pasture of our property next door. He mentioned that he managed to get quite a bit of the thatch picked up – that’s the dead straw that has been laying on the ground for the last couple of years. When I told him I needed straw for mulching, he brought me over a round bale of really bad hay. We dropped it in the garden and I unrolled it and spread it out on the lower garden. I also used it to mulch the garlic beds.  In years past, we have used composted horse manure, but this year, with Graham away working so much I just couldn’t get enough to amend the entire garden.

 

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What manure I did get was used in the new garlic beds, before planting. In the last couple of days, I have mulched all the garlic beds with the hay from that round bale. I was happy to see hardly any seed heads on that hay, because I don’t want to end up doing even more weeding next year.

I’ve laid black plastic around the edges of the new beds and I may put gravel down. I need to come up with something for these border areas, so I don’t have to even think about weeding them next year. As the years go by, we are really trying to move to a low maintenance yard. Even with that in mind, there is always a lot of work to do when you have property, so every bit of time saved is a good thing.

 

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Here’s what we woke up to this morning and we are pretty much ready for it. You can see Graham in the picture putting the tarp over the Greenhouse. This has worked so well for us! We only have 6 ml plastic on that greenhouse and we fully expected to have to change it out after a couple of years. However, with that tarp on there every Winter, the plastic has stood up and it’s been 5 or 6 years now!

We weigh down the tarp with the black plastic milk jugs – the same ones that we use during Spring to add extra heat at the end of the day for our seedlings inside. I just spray paint the jugs black and they heat up during the day and release that heat in the evening, when the outdoor temperatures start dipping.

 

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If you want to build a Greenhouse for next year, here is a great resource book. Reading it before you build will help you build the best greenhouse for your needs and your location.