For this gardener as Fall speeds toward me like a run-a-way freight train I tend to be a little down having to give up a passion of mine. The snow is beautiful ~ Don’t get me wrong, but when we go into the deep freeze for months on end my body screams at me with pain in my joints.
You see one very cold winter we managed to get dumped with a ton of snow all at once a few years ago. So, what does a good neighbor do, you ask?…. She fires up her big red snowblower and after clearing her own driveway she heads to the neighbors driveways that she knows only have shovels.
I suppose I was out there for over an hour blowing 3 other driveways and wondered why I couldn’t feel any of my ten fingers any longer. About 30 minutes prior to this I was having a bit of stinging pains shooting up the hands, but I powered through it just the same.
Until, the pain returned just as I was putting away my snowblower into the garage, and I ran inside fast, pulling off my gloves. I can’t describe the type of pain it was, but I can say that giving birth to two children was a breeze compared to having frostbite on your hands.
All or most of the nerves in my hands are shot…I can’t handle things out of the freezer for very long or have any other type of cold on my fingers. The nerve pain I’m afraid will probably never go away. Damage is done….So, folks when winter arrives and you have minus 30 c temperatures like up here and below that too, keep those hands warm and when the first sign of pain happens ~ Get Your Bodies Inside!
(To cope with the cold ~ I use those little packets of gel that heat up and place those in my gloves…)
Indoor Gardening in the Wintertime
Has become a passion that I’ll always do during the long months of winter with the cold just outside of my windows. I’ve brought indoors cuttings off my cherry tomato plants, and begun a Pineapple Challenge over on YouTube ~ Started by Mick Watson. If you want to check it out just type in this. #PineappleChallenge and you should find all of the fine gardeners who are joining in with this challenge.
I started with just two pineapples two weeks ago, but now the pineapples in the stores are full of nice looking pineapples and they are marked down in price due to the shear volume of fruit on the shelves. So, what’s a gal to do who has plans for gardening in the wintertime? You might ask yourself…
Well, she goes and buys 3 more pineapples to add to the challenge, giving a grand total of 5 planted pineapples… This should keep me busy throughout the long winter if I can keep them alive.. It takes anywhere from 18 to 24 months to grow them so I’m what you call in my happy spot gardening this winter.
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