Frost pockets?

The snow which fell last night has almost gone now – good news for tomorrow’s commuters but not so good for all the hopeful children who have been longing for a Narnia landscape.


One thing I noticed this evening is that the snow had not melted in specific spots, which made me wonder in the first instance if frost would follow the same pattern.

Then, when I thought about the location of the snow patches, it got me wondering about why there but not somewhere else. On the whole, the snow remains on either the hugel beds or where I’ve mulched with compost in the recent past. So, is there something about the quality of these patches which lowers the temperature?

I had thought the hugel beds would be warmer, since that seemed to the effect with bokashi mix in the compost bin (the mix is also in the beds). Clearly, however, something else is going on. Unless for some reason, or no reason, these patches are colder anyway.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to Frost pockets?

  1. We’re just glad it’s disappearing fast! Learning frost pockets on your land is a bit of a dark art. Winters have been so unpredictable recently you never know what to expect.

    • Helen says:

      Ah, that might explain why I haven’t got a clue where the frost hides! Not sure it makes much difference on a property my size but always interesting to know.

      Yes, there are many benefits to short-lived snow!

  2. Lovely update thank you for sharing have a blessed day


    We are sitting here in the Southern Hemisphere absolutely cooking for another week! So envious of the snow. Makes me cool just looking at it.

  4. gaiainaction says:

    An interesting observation Helen. If it snows here (small chance) I shall check that too.

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