Feb 22, 2007

Observing Snow Drifts

I was just observing the snow.  The melt patterns and the drifts that
stay. Even the darker colored mulch is breaking through. The south facing
roofs have all melted and the north are draining now. Ice and snow is frozen
under the saw dust from cutting winter fire wood. Perhaps mulching with snow
now with a little organic coverage will keep the temp extremes buffered and
retain the moisture a bit longer.

I need to record all these areas in my base map. Spring thaw, snow cover
chronology, micro-climates, heat sinks and standing water.

The south east side of the earthen wall is bare with a layer of wood chips.
It had no drifting snow since it is east of the house. The northwest side
has deep snow slowly melting. Swales might direct it better and faster to
the pond though I need to keep the water on the wall.

BTW The Edible Forest Garden Books are worth every cent!

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