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Freeze Prep

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I put these chores off for longer than usual this year, but the time finally came last night to blow out the underground water line down to the labyrinth garden and remove the pond pump and filter. We also brought garden hoses into the shop in preparation for this morning’s freezing temperatures.

When it warms up tomorrow or Saturday, we’ll lay those hoses out on the driveway incline to assure they drain and then we can coil them up for winter storage.

I almost forgot about the waterer in the paddock, but Cyndie thought to mention it. We hadn’t been checking since the horses left and rainwater had collected because we didn’t think to pull the stopper out of the drain. The water had gotten a little green.

Thankfully, Cyndie remembered to dump the rain gauge down by the labyrinth so water won’t freeze in there and crack it. We learned about that the hard way. This happens to be plastic rain gauge number two down there.

It feels good to finally have these little chores addressed.

I’ve been a little neglectful of other things around here during the long days of focus on the deck. With the late first freeze, I’ve been able to get away with it until now. The average first freeze for the Twin Cities is October 11.

While working on the waterer in the paddock, my hands got incredibly cold, giving me a vivid dose of the discomfort which awaits in the coming days. That classic biting sting of freezing fingers.

Time to dig out our gloves and mittens.




Written by johnwhays

October 24, 2019 at 6:00 am

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  1. A timely reminder even for here in ‘sunny’ Portugal – when night time temperatures drop below freezing we, too, need to have made preparations. Yes, draining watering systems is one of them or face a costly bill the following year for replacements.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    October 24, 2019 at 7:50 am

    • Cracked pipes are no fun!


      October 24, 2019 at 8:01 am

      • Indeed, we have to be careful with our sprinklers and even taps. Otherwise, we have to spray anti-freeze (copper sulphate) on a lot of temperate climate plants like orange trees… Nevertheless, adjusting to (severe) drops in temperatures (or long periods of cold in your case) is apt.

        Ian Rowcliffe

        October 24, 2019 at 8:06 am

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