Beyond "Knee High by the 4th of July"

An experiment in vegetable gardening

O Spring, Where Art Thou?

March 22nd, 2013

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.

Heading out to tuck the garden in

 

All tucked in

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.

Frost

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.

Collage of survivors

I hung all of the damp sheets on the fence to dry in the sun and thought “O spring, where art thou?”

Drying out the sheets

 

 

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  • Heather P Chapman says on: March 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

     

    Now they really are seed beds!

    • Patricia says on: March 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

       

      Ha ha! I did feel as though we were putting the garden to bed!

  • Marcia says on: March 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm

     

    I feel certain we will go directly from the cold winter to a beastly hot summer with no spring..

    • Patricia says on: March 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm

       

      If so, my COOL season vegetables are in trouble. So, here’s hoping for a true (and cool) spring!

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Beyond "Knee High by the 4th of July"

An experiment in vegetable gardening