I woke up to a light dusting and ongoing flurries.
It flurried all day.
It kept growing stronger as the day wore on.
The diagnosis says 4 to 8 inches, up to a foot of snow at the highest elevations. I'm not the highest elevation. Will that be enough of a blanket to protect my cauliflower? I keep hoping there is some remote chance they might cauli-flower this late in the game. I haven't seen buds yet though. Chances are slim. Could it be they survive the winter and cauli-flower in the spring? That would work too.
Before winter arrived I did go out and harvest a bunch of lettuce, chard, and kale. I dug a big box of potatoes and covered the rest of the row with a bit more wood chip mulch. I know the potatoes will keep just fine buried in the ground as long as they don't freeze.
The parsnips are the most important thing left in the road side vegetable garden. I think my best crop of parsnips ever is hiding under there. I've looked. They have nice fat necks. Garden wisdom says they need a couple of frosts to attain the best sweetness so I have deliberately left them there to chilled. I already know they will survive the winter in the ground just fine and I can harvest them anytime as long as the ground's not froze solid. I am looking forward to my parsnips.
The blizzard winds are upon us and the snow is falling fast.
My parsnips should be getting sweeter.