Nature’s patterns in frost form

After recent online shenanigans I finally felt as though I’d got my gardening mojo back today. At least insofar as I was able to appreciate the beauty of nature in its winter form.

Frost on the car bonnet
The frozen pond

I had to decline the offer of more food waste this weekend, not only because it has been too cold for any meaningful decomposition to take place and thus room to be made in the Green Johanna. The simple fact of the matter is that the compost bin lid has spent much of the recent days frozen solid to the bin.

In turn, even though I could have done some more pruning, apart from adding to the growing bug house, any other garden waste would have had to be saved outside the bin. However, I believe that it may be a whopping 5 degrees tomorrow, so who knows what might transpire then!

It’s a decade now since we last had such an extended spell of freezing temperatures. Not achieving more than zero degrees during the day I’d come to reflect on with nostalgia. Still, the weather this winter will be good for killing of pests and diseases. Hopefully, this coming spring, summer and autumn there will be fewer slugs and aphids to contend with.

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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11 Responses to Nature’s patterns in frost form

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    It is too cold to garden! It is a pity to turn away compost material but hopefully the donor will understand and bring more when it thaws.

    • Helen says:

      Thankfully, I think they are keen – I knew the family before due to our girls being at school together, so it’s an easier relationship to maintain than one with strangers. But hopefully, we’ll have better weather again very soon, yes!

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    Having spotted a RAT in the garden I have halted composting, until I am certain it has gone away.

  3. Just been watching Winterwatch telling us how lovely and interesting rats are. Not convinced. Frost patterns were lovely – we had some but I didn’t photograph them. Now I wish I had done.

  4. Lavinia Ross says:

    Jack Frost paints a beautiful picture on window and landscape. A cold winter usually knocks back the slugs a bit, too.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, hopefully it will cull the slugs that were so prevalent last summer. Actually, I’m not sure how long slugs live for, so perhaps it is the eggs that will be killed off by the frost.

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