Beautiful, Begreen, as was your tomato hedge! Thanks for posting pictures.I had never heard of January King cabbage before you posted your earlier shot, and now I've read about it in at least two articles as I've been reading about cold and heat tolerance in vegetables.
Glad you've been spared so far, but I know that more is coming. I think I remember that you lost an olive at some point to cold. I covered my olives yesterday, and I'm glad I did. This morning the garlic chives that grow right by the house were lying down. I've not seen that before. I also covered our pomegranates this morning, though they are pretty hardy.I get concerned if the temps drop into the 20s. This would threaten a lemon and olive bush in the greenhouse. I would either need to put in an electric heater or fire up the Jotul. The forecast for nighttime low temps at the beginning of the week looked serious. I shut off the greenhouse water 3 days ago. But the reality is that the cold appears to be mostly staying east of the Cascades so far, which is a blessing. We've had a mild winter so far and many of our flowering plants are still doing well so far. We'll see what transpires in the next few days.
It has indeed, I see. Beautiful photo. I hope it at least provides some insulation for you in the greenhouse. Do you have your Jotul fired up?Well that wish has left the barn. We're at 10" and it's still coming down.
Before everything went really cold, I did harvest some lettuce, kale, a small head of cabbage, and one stalk of Brussels sprouts. I buried some of the small transplants with shredded leaves, and they subsequently got buried with five inches of snow and ice. (My covering for the bulbing onions collapsed a bit.) The temperatures got down to single digits for a couple of nights, so I figure that's no good for raised beds. It's snowing again at a good clip right now with freezing temperatures all day. It's still warmer than it was, though, and Saturday looks like the end. If anything survives, it'll be a pleasant surprise.I fired up the Jotul one day last week when it was in the 20s. Fortunately, that was the low and the following days' lows were near freezing so the stove was not needed. Looks like the lemon and olive tree are still happy and the lettuce outside is recovering nicely now. Yesterday hit 52º here!
Brassicas and onions are pretty resilient. Have you lost power?
Thanks, Begreen. I think the chard didn’t make it. It was in an old metal water trough, so it probably froze pretty thoroughly. There is one cauliflower showing tiny signs of life, so I’ll be watching it. I spent time on Thursday doing lots of transplanting (Swiss Chard, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, green onions). For some of those it was just one or two replacement plants I had been growing, so I’m starting some more chard, beets, and broccoli inside now.I'm glad you were prepared and it wasn't worse for your family. Watch the chard for new growth sprouting from the root stalk. They are pretty tough.
Great to have you join us, Woodsplitter67. I’ve been doing more seed starting, a couple of later starts on tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers, as well as starting some herbs and flowers. I have so much trouble germinating in the soil here in Texas (it’s hard to keep the top layer moist) that I’ve decided to start more things inside this year. My first round of plants is actually having a big week this week. They’ve been spending longer and longer days outside, but I’m planning to leave them out nights this week as long as the forecast doesn’t change. It will get cooler on Saturday, so they’ll come back in, but I like to give them outside time when they can get it. (I also like not having to move them in and out.)I am late this year. I started my seedings early February only to find out my son left the potting mix bag open and it got contaminated with seed. My pots were sprouting all kinds of stuff. I got a fresh bag and started seeding a couple weekends ah
go and did some.e more seeding today.. Some of my stuff will start to go In the greenhouse next weekend...
Thanks for the kind words, Mrs. Clancey. I’ve been seeing headlines about snowfall in Colorado. Stay safe. At least you folks up there are prepared for this kind of thing.That lettuce looks really good---good to eat...I love to see the small little plants in the full of the moon because at that time they look real strong and healthy looking kind of crispy looking I would describe...Glad you enjoy gardening even though at times it gets frustrating..Right now I have snow about two or three feet deep in my yard and I have to shovel out just to open the gates---pretty but.....Thanks for the pictures and update...clancey.
I really just mean the very edges of the weather system. We’re not expecting any storm (definitely not snow or ice). We’ll have no problem keeping warm. It’s 77 in the house right now because of late afternoon sunshine and baking a pie for dinner. It will be nice for the temperature to drop a bit. The plants have been brought inside already, though.Yea it might be coming your way if it drops and swirls around--wind pretty bad but calming now. I think you should make little blankets and wrap your babies up even if you move them insides which your going to do----heck with this storm we are inside anyway so start making those baby seedling blankets--now each one wants one---kidding--keep safe and warm and be extra careful so as not to fall because this stuff is wet heavy and slippery with the cold...Enjoy..Mrs. Clancey