It turned out to be a worthy dumping - well over a foot - I had just watered the chamomile bed and was worried about dry spring perennials. After winter snow - March was brutally dry.
What a happy relief. The woods are dripping like rain right now - the ground is running with water - under the snow - and the trees are glistening and running with water, washing away March's dust.
April is our snow month - I say bring it on!
The next thing to do was dig under the snow to prepare a seed flat for planting. Cord just made me a couple of new ones and a snowy night is perfect for staying up late and seeding.
I grabbed a hand broom and took it with me to sweep the snow away under a large Pinion right next to my garden gate so I didn't have too far to walk. After I cleared the snow I used my hands to scoop up Pine Needle Mulch for filler in my favorite seed flat.
After this it goes in the shower to be doused a couple of times, then left to drain and swell. The whole thing becomes a sponge especially when I use a coir-based medium on top of the pine needles.
When it's time t o add coir - make sure it is pre-wetted, no matter how you buy it.
I have used pine needle mulch as flat filler for years with great results.
Happy day in the snow. From here the flat went straight into the shower where I drenched it and let it sit while I gathered seeds.
As I write the amount of melting that has happened since these pictures is amazing - the sounds in the forest are beautiful.
I went to visit the horses and opened the greenhouse door and sniffed the warm, green, moist air while standing outside in the snow..