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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Brrr...


It was -10°C in the morning. I know that the plants will survive the frost (there is no snow anymore), but it is always so hard to look at them in this state. 
Last Sunday I spent some time planning the vegetable garden and browsing through my seed collection. I tend to plant pretty much the same kind of vegetables, I only have to pay attention to the crop rotation. 
I found some tips for bed preparation for parsley. Work some calcium into the soil four weeks prior to sowing. On the very day of sowing, pour hot horsetail (Equisetum arvense) decoction over it and sow the seeds. Fertilize the bed as usual.
My further search came to this Equisetum 508. I am going to make that for sure. 

It seems that the cold doesn't bother my snowdrops.






Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Where I live



Terribly devastated in the war, the stud farm is slowly recovering.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Snow


The new year started with a pretty heavy snowfall. It seemed as we went to sleep in 'spring' and woke up in a proper winter. It was only 20 cm of snow this time, and it was not very cold at all. The next day was even warmer and the snow turned into rain. On Tuesday, the cold air from the North made ice cover on the trees and shrubs. 


The additional 40 cm (!) of snow fell overnight on Wednesday. I was clearing the snow from the balconies, a terrace and entrance for an hour and a half, also helping my neighbour to clear the driveway. He left the shovel somewhere in the yard and couldn't find it under the snow!


The ice combined with snow was a very heavy load to the small trees and shrubs so I had to go around the garden to shake it off as much as I could. The snow was up to my knees. 
The crowns of some shrubs and conifers fall apart, some branches even snapped, but what can I do? It is nature. I guess, there will be lots of pruning in Spring.