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Last snow of 2013?

Spring snow

At this time of year, you hear a lot of grumbling when the weather turns wintry.  The gist seems to be "Isn't it over yet?!"  But, while I can understand the sentiment, I've learned at the Mark School of Positive Thought that the best place and time to be is right where and when you are.

With that in mind, not only am I cleaning the soot off the wood stove's glass door so I can cherish the last fires, I'm also remembering that a slow spring often means more fruit.  Last year at this time, the peach buds were swelling...and a late freeze wiped out every tree fruit.  Maybe 2013 will be more like 2010 when flowers were slow to open and our peach tree was loaded with luscious orbs a few months later?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I agree with you a repeat of 2010 weather would be nice. We had record crops of peaches, plums and apples that year.
Comment by Canned Quilter Thu Mar 7 10:20:29 2013

Yet again, there has not been much winter in Louisiana this year. The past week has been as close to winter as we have gotten, even though the opinions of most of my plants seemed to be that there was nothing to worry about. Suddenly we've had freezing temps.

Right now I'm keeping an eye on the blueberries. They are all flowering, and it's hard for me to tell, with the little experience that I have, whether the flowers are looking damaged because of age or because of frost-bite.

Comment by Sara Fri Mar 8 10:10:33 2013

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