Winter Wonder Land or Winter Nightmare?

Well, one thing I didn’t think about was what would happen to my green house if it snowed.  I woke up this morning to about 8 inches of heavy snow outside.  Springtime turned into a winter wonderland in only a few hours.  Everything is covered with dense, wet snow, and the bushes and trees are heavily weighted down under the crushing snow cover.  My son is happy because he gets a no school day, but I’m not happy about it.

I quickly went outside to check my green house.  I was surprised that it held up as well as it did, but this is a lesson for me that if I’m going to put up a plastic covered green house on a light weight metal frame as early as March then I’d better be prepared to take off the cover if I think it’s going to snow.  A few minutes spent taking off the cover would have prevented the middle top bracket from buckling under the weight of the snow.  Still, it held up better than I would have expected.  Had I already started propagating my seeds, then I would have had even more issues to deal with.

Fortunately, after I scooped the snow off the top, I was able to go inside and bend the tubing back up without it breaking in two completely, and the structure of the frame is still in tack.  Now the big test will be to see if I can order that particular damaged part from the company.  If I get good customer service from them, then I will absolutely be thrilled and happy to endorse the green house.  If I can’t get a new part, then I am thinking about substituting the weaker aluminum rod with some stronger tubing, which might not be a bad idea.  All of this could have been avoided, of course, had I just taken precautions and slipped the plastic off the green house.

I’m not a snow person because of all the inconvenience it causes here in the valley.  I love it when I can visit the snow somewhere else, like going up to a cabin in Sunriver, or to Willamette Pass for the day and hanging out in the lodge drinking coffee and reading while the kids are outside skiing.  But when it’s a regular working day, it’s mid March, and the daffodils are in full bloom, forget about it!

Other than the snow pack caving in my green house, the weight of the snow can affect bushes in adverse ways as well, not to mention traumatizing the budding fruit trees!  My Daphne Odora, which just started to emit it’s wonderful scent outside my back deck, took a big hit.  A branch split off taking out a large section of the bush.  I’ll tape it up and see if it will heal over the next few months.

Well, time to get moving and start dealing with the snow and the work day!  Hopefully this snow will melt fast and the buds on my fruit trees will be okay.



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2 Comments to Winter Wonder Land or Winter Nightmare?

  1. Bob Manners's Gravatar Bob Manners
    March 21, 2012 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    You are amazing, Janet.

  2. March 23, 2012 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    8 inches, in March…wow!

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