Undeterred by snow

By a miracle of nature, even though the temperatures are above freezing, there has been a light dusting of snow for the last 12 hours or so. There has also been a warning of black ice on the school playground.

However, the nasturtiums seem unaware that lower down is on the cool side. It’s great to see them still and I can’t help but marvel at their resilience.

At the same time, I am puzzled that they soldier on when the hugel beds without vegetation on them (in fact any bare soil) is clearly cool enough to enable snow to remain. I’m therefore wondering if plants increase the air and/or soil temperature in their vicinity – at least in winter. It certainly can’t be decomposition in the hugel beds themselves with these being covered in a dressing of snow.

The following post doesn’t answer all my questions but explains some of what is puzzling me: http://www.canna-uk.com/root_zone_temperature_and_plant_health


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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6 Responses to Undeterred by snow

  1. Linda Penney says:

    Thank you Helen for sharing lovely update have a blessed day

  2. skyeent says:

    I’m going to have to read that link when my brain is functioning better! Very interesting information about roots and soil.

  3. I always think of nasturtiums as being delicate summer flowers-they’re obviously hardier than we think!

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