We recently had about 17 inches of snow.
And even though we had some fun times sledding and snowshoeing in the snow…it still wrecked a little havoc on our fall garden:
Hoops flattened by weight of snow
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…
We all know it’s cold outside.
The sun is shining, and the breeze has let up today. It feels deceptively warmer.
The first peek under the row covers suggests otherwise.
Leaf lettuces with ice crystals
The plants are cold.
They are frozen.
Rainbow Swiss Chard
The multiple, consecutive days with temperatures below zero are concerning. As this cold weather passes, it will be interesting to see if and which plants are resilient.
Will they bounce back?
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.
A fence within a fence
Now, to get busy planting!!!!
The summer has sneaked up on us. We enjoyed a brief respite, celebrating the 4th of July with friends and family.
Tomorrow, we return to market at the start of a summer heat wave. The lettuces and I are wilting, but the summer fun crops are starting to make themselves known.
Coming tomorrow to the Pulaski Market is one of our summer favorites – green beans! Also making their debut – beets! Coming soon – tomatoes, peppers and squashes.
We also will have other favorites: onions, turnips, radishes, kales, cabbages, herbs and more. We hope to see you at the old train depot, downtown Pulaski (4-8).