Should I be happy about the last two weeks of Feb this year with all the ice and snow? I'm hoping this will help my little patch in germination. The way I understand it seng has to have the cold before it will sprout, so I'll take the two weeks we've had as long as spring brings the green up.
The danger of the very cold weather we've had here (lots of below zero temps in Ohio) is that it brings with it the danger of rust. Seed should be ok as far as germination as long as it continues to warm seasonally and has available rainfall when needed during germination.
I'm with you though, I've had about enough of this cold stuff for the year.
Ive always wondered if the weight of heavy snowfall might help push wild seeds closer to soil and increase their odds of germanation or compact the leaves and hinder their ability to sprout to the surface
Yes you are correct. It is always a good thing to fluff the leaves (Especially Oak Leaves) up a bit making sure not to break the seed tails. I just take a leaf rake to the planting site a few weeks prior to them sprouting and fluff up the leaves very gently.
Seeds pop and sprout around 5/1 or so where I'm at.
I think that the snow will help percolate in any soil amendments you may have made as well.
I don't mind the persistant cold, and it's been much more than usual also here in NC... however am very ready for the strong winds to cease. my greenhouse is suffering from winds damages, gonna have to put a new roof on sooner than later...