15' of snow and 50 bulbs left to plant!!!

sunnysideuphill(5)October 31, 2011

Ok, I know I am not the only person is the position - boy did the NE get hammered this weekend. One town 20 miles away got more than 24".

The place I wanted to plant this last batch is in full sun, and we are supposed to have a week of days in the 40's to 50's, and nights that will be freezing.

So - I am afraid that if I shovel off the spot, it will be soaking wet, but if I let it dry out, that night it will freeze!

So - shovel it off today, then put a tarp over it so it doesn't freeze, hopefully, then uncover it tomorrow am for the warmth and sun to do its thing, then plant in late afternoon?

Any other thoughts?

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I would put a tarp over the patch just to melt off the snow. Snow reflects sunlight which slows its melting but a dark-colored tarp will basically cook the snow away very quickly.

The snow itself will keep the ground from freezing. The snow came so early in the year that the soil is surely still warm, and snow is an excellent insulator.

I think we are still early enough in the year that in spite of snow cover, the ground has not frozen. I think the snow will likely melt off in a week or so, but if you are concerned you can certainly put something on the snow to encourage it to melt away more quickly.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2011 at 1:56PM
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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

How is it going? Is it melting for you? We had just under a foot of snow and most is gone today.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2011 at 9:04PM
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Yes, most of it is gone. There is an irregular pattern of very wet snow that looks like coffee cake icing on the brown mulch of the bed. Since I won't be able to get to it until Saturday, I think the rest will be gone by then. At least I never lost power - my sister in western Mass just got it back this AM, lost all the stuff in her freezer. New England weather is getting more and more "new englandy" (as in, don't like New England weather? wait five minutes).

    Bookmark   November 3, 2011 at 2:41PM
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