Saturday, March 5, 2016


Our property is at the low point on the road in a section of a little over a mile, so all the spring melt runoff is heading our way.  That's good news: it will fill up our dugout, the manmade pond near the greenhouse, about 1 acre in size and about 12 feet deep.  We water our plants during the selling season, and our landscape all summer from that source.  It's free--except for the electricity for the pump; and it's agricultural runoff so it contains fertilizer.  Plus, it has not been treated so it's free of chlorine, etc.

Today, late in the afternoon the culvert under the road could no longer handle the amount of running water.  It's quite a sight.  Here's the area just south of our driveway.  Just to the right of the tree trunk you can see a slight disturbance in the surface.  That's where the culvert is, and the water is slowly swirling into it.

There's a lot of ice around yet, and that's probably why the water is so slow going through the culvert.

Here's a view of the end of the driveway with the water running across the road.  I took these pictures shortly after the sun had set, just a little while ago.

A closer view:

Another sign of spring--today during our morning walk M. and I saw a flock of geese winging north.  Next up: that first early robin.

Of course, we are aware that, statistically, this area has the highest amounts of snowfall during the months of March and April.  That snowfall is a significant contributor to the amount of moisture we get for our growing season.  Will these warming trends do away with that?

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