I had to drive across to Leeds from our home in the west of north Wales this week. Around home it’s pretty cold but there’s little snow around but as I left Gwynedd to Denbighshire and Flintshire things changed dramatically, deep snow piled by the side of the road like it was the middle of a tough winter rather than officially spring and just days away from British Summer Time
Then into clear areas where the grass was green and not a sign of snow, then back into snow again. The moors around the summit of the M62 are completely white, beautiful really and very dramatic but I was concentrating on driving through another blizzard, which was drama enough.
The one consistent thing through all the drive was that it is still deep winter. On the weather forecast they’re talking about temperatures dropping to minus 10 in places and this March has been the coldest since 1962.
Hence the title of this post, what to do?
Normally things are in full swing towards the end of March. I’d usually be busy sowing seeds and planting potatoes as a new season starts. But not this year. The ground is cold at best, frozen in some areas and it’s just pointless to do much outside.
The only sensible course is to hold off spring sowings until winter ends and this will depend on where you are and your micro-climate. Micro-climate, by the way, is the immediate climate on your plot. For example, we’re near Caernarfon but, being 600 feet up, our temperature tends to be 2 degrees lower than down at sea level.
Behind us is Snowdon and the railway to the summit is closed as they’ve yet to clear the 30′ deep snowdrifts. Glad I’m not higher up!
Today, it’s a beautiful blue sky with fluffy white clouds, the sun casting hard shadows and it looks like a summer’s day. But it’s just 3 degrees out there and the trees are still bare. Hopefully winter will end soon.