And even though we had some fun times sledding and snowshoeing in the snow…it still wrecked a little havoc on our fall garden:
I was unable to keep up with sweeping the accumulating snow off the rows. Snow is insulating to plants, so I wasn’t worried about cold damage so much as the fiberglass rods breaking under the weight of the snow, tearing the row covers.
Today, between the rain and some warmer temperatures, the last bit of snow has finally melted. I surveyed the crops.
Some fiberglass rods have snapped with some row cover damage.
Some of the plants (e.g. Brussels sprouts pictured) sustained physical damage from the weight of the snow, and their tops have been broken.
But when it comes down to it, the crops are still looking pretty good and the damage, given the amount of snow and cold temperatures, is minimal.
The fiberglass hoops will be replaced today. I think I will try taping two metal hoops together to make them longer and see how they do. After all, winter technically hasn’t started yet…
Our main growing area is protected from deer by a 8′ tall, extra heavy duty deer fencing. The only downside to this deer fencing is that it is extra heavy duty plastic.
Rabbits have big, sharp, pointy teeth.
Through the deer fencing they go.
It’s a super highway!
Do you know what makes it better?
Two large dogs. Suddenly, a tiny rabbit-sized round hole becomes a Labrador-sized portal!
What this all means is:
We’ve had no summer lettuces, greens, etc.
We’ve planted no fall lettuces, greens, etc.
The remedy – a fence within a fence. It finally happened today, with my Dad’s help. The raised beds used for greens got enclosed in 1″ hex chicken wire fencing that is 4′ tall. No, bunnies aren’t expected to jump THAT high, but if we’re working to keep them out, wouldn’t it be just a nice to keep the dogs out, too? You bet.