Snow Deep Fence
Theoretically it is spring but we still have a lot of snow. The fence in the photo above is almost 4′ tall – in the summer. Right now it is about 1′ high. Pigs have recently been simply stepping over the fence as you can see from the new trail along their short cut.
The snow pack is so hard that it has no trouble supporting the pointy hooves of 600 pound sows. I figure that’s means the snow is at least 75 psi which is twice the compressive strength of pink foam. No snowshoes needed for my big booted feet nor those of dancing shoe shod sows.
I am not sure what our cumulative snow fall for this year is but it is probably about eight to ten feet. Snow falls all fluffy and light but within a couple of days, sometimes just hours, compresses down in volume. As more snow falls on top of that it gets denser still. The depth we’ve gotten this year is now compressed to a hard pack that is easy to walk on and only about 45″ where it has had no traffic.
Much of the melting action happens from below. We have little to no frost depth in the ground. If we burnt more wood we could spread the ash on the top of the snow to change the albedo which helps to clear our fields a month earlier.
Yesterday and today have been very windy. That generally means a change of weather is coming. Perhaps this cold spell will blow away.
Outdoors: 24°F/-4°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/59°F
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