This first week of the new year has been quite cold. We’ve had sub-freezing temperatures for more than a week and a bit of snow.
Wind chill factors really drove the temperature down to the point of being dangerous to stay outside for extended periods. Risk of frostbite or frost-nip is high. This kind of weather is harsh on humans, pets and livestock and even machinery. It appears from the weather forecast that the icy cling will loosen its grip early next week, but not before we have a bit more snow.
Today, I was up before sunrise to catch a glimpse of the pre-dawn sky. Enjoyed a cup of coffee to warm up a bit. There is a deep sense of serenity in the icy cold of the winter sky, just before daylight breaks.
I took out the kitchen scraps and added them to the frozen compost bin. My compost pile doesn’t run hot enough to keep breaking things down in the dead of winter. A regular supply of fresh manure from livestock is the only thing to keep a compost pile cooking in the extreme cold winter temperatures. However, every bit of vegetable trimming, egg shells and coffee grounds will turn into terrifically rich compost when the warmer weather returns.
This time of year is good for planning the garden rotation for the coming season. It’s also a nice time for enjoying the view from a warm vantage point inside.