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For us garden lovers, there are 5 ice saints we should know. It is related to the peasant rules related to the weather. Here you will find everything you need to know about Eisheilige 2022!

The Ice Saints’ days have already brought desperation to many garden friends. With the sun shining during the day and temperatures soaring, some can’t resist growing beds.

It is worth looking at the calendar. If you don’t want Eisheilige 2022 to be a killer for your plants, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

Ice Saints Days are held over five days in May. Ice Saints events take place between May 11-15. They are known by the names Mammertus, Pancratius, Servatius, Boniface and Sophia Rome (Sophie the cold).

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When is the Snow Saints 2022?

  • Mamartos: Wednesday 11 May 2022
  • Pankratius: Thursday 12 May 2022
  • Servatius: Friday 13 May 2022
  • Boniface: Saturday 14 May 2022
  • Sophie Cold: Sunday 15 May 2022

These data are based on observations and experiences from the Farmer’s Almanac.

Pawn rules are based on the ancient Julian calendar. During the reform of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, the dates changed. This is why cold attacks are often delayed by more than a week and don’t start until around May 20th.

On the other hand, the names of saints’ days remained in their usual place in the calendar.

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By the way, one should not confuse the Ice Saints with the cold of sheep, which can also destroy our plants. From June 10 to 12, a cold snap can affect our weather, according to the German Weather Service.

What are the Ice Saints?

Snow Saints are widely recognized for the period May 11-15. Then when it gets especially cold in the evening. There is also a higher risk of night frost in mid-May due to these weather conditions.

In recent years, classic Ice Saints tend to be very warm. Snow Saints 2022 should have it all, if you believe the weather services.

The cold air of the icy saints, which can even cause night frosts in some places, is a big problem for (amateur) gardeners and growers. Planting geraniums and tomatoes in the open air is carried out no earlier than the second half of May, especially in sensitive areas. Fruit growers are worried about the May night frosts. In extreme cases, sprouts can freeze and destroy the crop.

What plants come out only after mid-May?

Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, and cucumbers are among the most popular outdoor garden vegetables. Originally from warmer climates, it should be grown indoors before being exposed to the outside elements after Ice Saints.

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What does science say about Snow Saints 2022?

From a meteorological point of view, the Ice Saints in 2022 (and every two years) can be explained as follows: the reason for the sudden cold is due to the fact that temperatures on the European mainland are usually very high at the beginning of May. At this time, the continent is rapidly warming up.

Since the seas take longer to warm up than the mainland, there are temperature fluctuations between the mainland and the sea: areas of low pressure develop. Air masses change, and the north winds take heat from the mainland with them.

This drives cold air currents from the polar regions to the mainland. Temperatures around this date are usually unusually cold due to the polar air masses sweeping across the Alps from the polar latitudes.

When it gets cold at night, there may be frost in certain places.

Therefore, according to meteorologists, there are often frosts in mid-May. Sometimes not only at night, but also during the day. Snow is also not uncommon.

Holy Ice Peasants Rules of the Weather

It is worth waiting until the end of May for delicate plants and seeds. This can also be read in the peasant rules:

  • May 11: Mammers’ heart is cold.
  • May 12. When Pankrateus freezes, it damages a lot in the garden.
  • May 13: Servaz must be over, you want to be safe from the night frost.
  • May 14: No summer before Bonifaz, no frost after Sophie.
  • May 15: You will not be safe from the night frost – until Sophie is finished.

Where did the Ice Saints get their name from?

The names of the Ice Saints come from figures from Christian history. Mammertus, Pancratius, Servatius, Boniface, and Sophie lived in the 3rd-5th centuries and were bishops or martyrs, that is, people who died for their faith. None of them had anything to do with ice cream during their lives.

In the fifth century, Saint Mammertus was bishop in Vienne, France. Several miracles were attributed to him. Pancratius was executed in Rome a century earlier, while Servatius was an early bishop of Tongeren in Belgium.

Boniface, a Sicilian martyr of the fourth century.

Sophia, known as Sophie the Cold and the only woman among the Ice Saints, was sentenced to death as a martyr in Rome around 304. She can be seen in a 15th-century painting in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. Sophia of Rome was martyred during Diocletian’s persecution of Christians.

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