Welcome All! I'm a dreamer, I hope you are too! A Posse ad Esse, or From possibility to reality, is a general state of mind. I hope you'll share your possibilities with me as I will with you. Namaste~

December 14, 2009

Oh so cold and snowy.

We've had more than a few inches of snow in the last couple of weeks. In fact, after I finally got my garlic in the ground just before thanksgiving, it snowed. Then the next week got bone chilling cold and snowed, and I do mean bone chilling. When I checked the weather underground website it showed our local weather station reading in the tens (not teens, tens) and the lowest I remember seeing one morning was 3.7 degrees F. Yeah, freaking cold!

On the upside, the chickens did fine with a little help from a heat lamp and timer set-up and a weather stopping clear plastic covering that cuts the wind but still let's them get natural light and fresh air. The greenhouse, well that's a little different story.

I finally got an artificial heating set up in place and it helped for sure. However, I still want to be conscious of how much power I consume to keep everything alive so I have it also on a timer that alternates the heater off and on for an hour at a time through out the night. During the days it will heat up just fine in there, it's the middle of the night that gets me.

Also, thanks to everyone who gave me the great passive heating ideas. I have implemented a couple of them like moving a barrel with compost into the greenhouse to try to generate a little heat and I have water bottles around my actual planters that hold some of the heat from the day in there over-night. The compost hasn't really gotten kicking yet but I'm still working on it. I also just acquired 10 or so 5 gallon barrels that I'm going to fill with water and place in the greenhouse to gather heat during the day. Right now the tomatoes that are still alive, did I mention that I had a devastating freeze kill at the beginning of the big chill? I did... it probably halved the number of plants that I had in there.

All in all, I'd say things are going pretty well though. As always I take the lessons with the triumphs and press on ever forward thankful that (for now) my living is not dependant on this. So then, how are things in your necks of the woods? Cold, maybe hot for my southern Friends? Everyone about ready for the holidays? We're pretty much ready for it here, but I personally am waaaaay behind. Every year I make a handmade present for my boys. This year it took me a long time to even think of something to make and I am just starting this week.

Crunch time!!

All the best!


Aralia said...

Here it's -21 celcius (-5.8 F) and i still have to bike to school tomorrow... I'll say, that's cold!

ChicagoMike said...

Hey P~,

Love the post. I was wondering how the greenhouse was going. Had to hear about your losses in there.

How are the presents going?


Shannon said...

It's been cold here too, as low as 18 or so at night, which is unusually cold for MD. Sorry about the plant loss in the greenhouse. But keeping half alive in that cold isn't bad! Merry Christmas!

Moonwaves said...

That's cold all right. Had to check first and google says that's about minus 15 celsius. It got cold here this week as well, with snow on Friday and a few days which were down to nearly zero overnight. Then yesterday when I got up the thermometer in my bedroom read 10 degrees for outside. Well, it had been snowing the day before but it was nice and sunny looking outside and the weather has been generally much warmer than I would expect for winter so I shrugged, opened the window wide to let some air in and went back into the kitchen. Went back in a few minutes later and it was BITTERLY cold - yep, I'd misread the thermometer and completely missed the minus sign before the 10 (so about 14 degrees fahrenheit). Sigh. Think it'll take a few more years to get used to living somewhere that has a proper winter. :-)