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?
We would love to extend our growing season into the winter months. With more infrastructure coming soon, we’ll ramp up for that. But for now, we have a few rows under production and some that are overwintering produce.
Our society is so spoiled by having every want and whim at our beck and call in the grocery store that we have forgotten all about seasonality. There are some vegetables that grow better in the cooler season or taste better after the first nip of frost. These cooler season crops are such delicious treats to enjoy during the winter doldrums.
Though the winter garden is easier in the weeding department – as in really little weeding necessary – it still does demand some time an attention.
Like today. Our first snow. Not crazy but enough to cause some action:
Sweeping snow off row covers
Weather was forecasted to be in the teens…brrrr. Certainly cold enough to freeze plant cells and cause some serious damage. To prepare for the cold, we placed multiple row covers over the beds with the last cover raised higher to create an air space between it and the other row cover.
The downside of the outer cover is that it is held up with our taller, fiberglass poles. Not metal poles. Metal poles are great. They may collapse under the weight of snow, but once the snow is gone they spring right back to shape. Fiberglass? Nope. They collapse under the weight and SNAP!
So, although the snow is pretty, gives some much needed moisture to the soil and even helps to insulate (and protect) plants beneath it, if it keeps snowing today, I’ll have to keep sweeping it off to keep the fiberglass poles from snapping. You can see in the photo that some row covers have already torn under the strain. They will have to be replaced after the snow melts.
Why go to all the trouble? Because these delicious beauties lie underneath and are totally worth it!
Pre-cold snap harvest – stocking up!
Yesterday marked the year’s first real snow. One was hard pressed to find anything open. Businesses, schools, churches, government offices all closed ahead of the storm. That’s all good in my opinion. Safety first.
So, it was nice to be hunkered in BEFORE the storm instead of heading home during it. And when it was all said and done, I think we came out better than the media expected.
Regardless of the final total, the snow is gorgeous. Fluffy, soft and so…clean. It’s also fun. The first real snow of the season was/is a big hit with the pups.
Outside for most of the day, we went for our usual pasture walks, played with the frisbee and just ran as dogs are apt to do.
All was so peaceful. Very few cars on the road (should’ve been none!), no noises other than birds, the wind, and the sound of the snow flakes connecting with the earth.
Beautiful. Peaceful. Cleansing. We know that we are lucky.
Rain, hitting the roof
Rhythmic staccato patters
There’s rain in my barrow, dear Liza, dear Liza
There’s rain in my barrow, dear Liza, a LOT!
Photo from a Spring Rain…but there are similarities
Rain peppering the red metal roof
Sends punctuated, pinging proof
That the weather outside
Keeps the people inside
Or risk getting soaked through-n-through like a goof