Low Tunnels Survive Eighteen Inches of Snow

After a major snow storm the low tunnels are fully intact…and the spinach is still alive!

[captionpix imgsrc=”http://blog.cleanslatefarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LT-after-storm-0-3.jpg” captiontext=”Two feet of snow on the low tunnels” imgtitle=”snow covered low tunnels”]


At about 1:00am on December 11 I looked out the window to see a light dusting of snow on the ground. The weather service was calling for a Nor’easter to move up the coast and we would be getting pounded. They predicted it would start in our area at about 7:00pm on the 10th but we saw nothing but hazy skies. When we awoke the next morning, about 6:30am it was clear the weather service wasn’t bluffing.

There was at least 14 inches on the ground and it was still coming. By the time I had the driveway blown out there was 2 more inches where I started. I would have used the John Deere but the ground was still wet below the snow and I didn’t want to risk getting stuck in the middle of the yard while bringing it from the barn.

While it was a bad storm it didn’t rank as the worst Nor’easter we’ve experienced. There have been worse. My concern, after clearing the driveway my thoughts turned to the low tunnels. Had they survived? We would have to wait a few days to find out as you can see from the photo. IF I was standing next to them the top of the low tunnels would be roughly chest height. That’s a lot of weight on plastic and 1/2 inch emt tubing. Looks like we can still enjoy some winter greens thanks to the low tunnels.

What’s your moment of worry in your garden?


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