When the Beast from the East met Storm Emma it was no fairytale. With huge swathes of the UK under red weather warnings (risk to life) and the Met Office urging us to keep ourselves safe from the onslaught of icy Siberian winds and heavy snow, the weather us Brits so like to talk about was suddenly worth talking about.
With my garden cocooned under a thick blanket of white stuff, my daily 15 minutes of green was a no go. Or was it? Actually, I still found plenty of things I could do in the garden for 15 minutes, even in the snow.
15-minute gardening in the snow
- Feed the birds – in these conditions they need your help more than ever
- Break the ice – if you have a pond (and fish), make sure it doesn’t freeze over completely
- Brush heavy snow from evergreen trees and shrubs so they don’t break under the weight – stake up anything that’s already got damaged
- Harvest the last of your winter veggies (I still had some Brussel sprouts to pick)
- Tidy the shed
- Take a walk around your garden and make plans for the year ahead
The good news is that temperatures are rising again and Spring is finally on its way.
If you’ve got any tips for gardening when it snows, let me know. They might come in useful next year if the Pest from the West arrives.