Minnesota Farmer

First green

It always amazes me how early the Marsh Marigolds come up in my pond.  The ice is barely gone and there is green.100_2641Today brought cold and the ice is hanging on to plants, but they will keep pushing through, despite the snow that overhangs the pond.100_2642And it is not a small amount of snow overhanging the pond.

This year was the 4th coldest on record for Minnesota.  We had an average amount of snow, and an above average amount of wind.  The pond was covered with much more snow than ice.  I broke open that snow pack many times this winter to keep some oxygen in the pond.  My aerator pump was buried in the snow and doing nothing so I had to get air into the water to keep the fish alive.  Now when our area lakes and rivers still have feet of ice on them, the pond is open, and new green has come.  There is hope for spring.



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