With temperatures forecasted to be in the upper 20s last night, I decided I needed to make an effort to cover up my tender plants and seedlings. After all, I told myself, they’re called “Cool Season Vegetables” not “COLD Season Vegetables”! So, I gathered up all of the sheets I could find and enlisted Bruce’s help to spread them over the raised beds.
My Grandma VonWald used to say that the coldest part of the day is just before the dawn. I didn’t remember to check my thermometer until close to 8 am but it was still a chilly 28°. The frost on the sheet covering the broccoli and kale confirmed I was wise to make the effort.
It had warmed up a little by 10 am, so I went out to remove the sheets and see how everything had fared. As far as I could tell, everything seemed to make it through the cold night unscathed. My radish seedlings, Romaine lettuce, Iceberg lettuce, and spinach appeared to be in tip-top condition.
I hung all of the damp sheets on the fence to dry in the sun and thought “O spring, where art thou?”