I also try to note specifically areas which frost first, and take the longest for the frost to melt, and how that changes due to the season. Near the Winter Equinox, if we get freezing weather, the south end of the lower field won't melt at all. The field is surrounded by tall cedar and fir, so there is even a difference between how well the east side of the upper field melts compared to the west side. I think it's the fact that the east side gets the afternoon sun while the air temperature is already as warm as it's going to get.
One thing which has helped me a ton has been journaling my observations of the property through all four seasons.
There are people who will tell you that you don't have a surplus of slugs, but a deficit of ducks! I definitely find that both snakes and ducks are a huge help. Is there anyway you can add a snake habitat inside your mini greenhouses to keep the snakes active enough to work at this time of year? It's all a balance - if your local snakes would normally hibernate, disturbing that cycle may be bad. Hopefully you'll find some easy solutions. I have used the board system - slugs tend to hide under the board, making it easy for me to collect them. I didn't mind the time spent doing so, because the treat made my ducks so incredibly happy.
Hamilton Betchman wrote:Well, I found out that I am currently teetering on the edge of a major slug problem. These mini greenhouses allowed the slugs to feed without letting the birds, snakes, etc. eat them. They got hit pretty hard in just a few hours. Anyways, I have removed all my anti bird devices from around my berries. They are earning their keep!