The Onion Snow

Posted on: April 5, 2016 | Written By: Doug Oster | Comments

The "onion snow" won't bother this garlic, another type of allium. Photos by Doug Oster Tribune-Review

The “onion snow” won’t bother this garlic, another type of allium. Photos by Doug Oster Tribune-Review

When the garden is covered in a morning carpet of snow this late in the season, we call it the onion snow. It will be gone in just a few hours, but is always a rather shocking way to start the day.

Don’t worry, most plants will be fine. Certainly spring bulbs are used to it and will shake it off as the afternoon sun brings them back in to their glory.

Garlic, onions, lettuce, Swiss chard and all the other cold loving plants won’t even blink.

As gardeners all we can do is sit back and enjoy what hopefully is the last gasp of winter.

Last year's hydrangea blooms hang on to the morning snow.

Last year’s hydrangea blooms hang on to the morning snow.

Don't worry about spring bulbs, they'll be fine.

Don’t worry about spring bulbs, they’ll be fine.

The snow is pretty when it's gone by the afternoon.

The snow is pretty when it’s gone by the afternoon.

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Doug Oster is manager and editor of Everybody Gardens with a passion for gardening and a love of sharing is experiences with other gardeners. You will also find Doug’s gardening contributions in the Tribune-Review each week. He’s an Emmy Award winning producer, television host and writer. Oster is co-host of The Organic Gardeners Radio show every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Oster’s Outstanding Documentary Emmy was awarded for Gardens of Pennsylvania, a one hour special he conceived and produced for the PBS affiliate WQED. Doug appears every Thursday morning on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today live at 9 a.m. “Gardening is fun, he says, enjoy every day spent outside tending vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees.”