The temperatures are dipping down below freezing tonight; so tender plants need to be protected. Typically, I don’t want a plant that needs to be fussed with; but since the salad bed is feeding both me and Farmer MacGregor fairly well this winter it gets fussed with. Previously, I showed this image of the salad bed on a warm, sunny day.
This afternoon, we draped the plastic sheeting over to help seal in some warmth. Old man MacGregor reports that some of the lettuce had a bit of frost this morning. No damage was noticed. Anyway – this is a fairly simple way to help protect tender growth on an infrequent basis. I couldn’t recommend this for areas with snow and cold, cold temperatures. I wouldn’t have a clue how to even operate a snow shovel…and for that I am thankful. After
Most all other crops are growing vigorously with this cool/cold weather. The cabbage patch is an example of those plants that thrive during this time of year – cabbages, onions, cauliflower, and beets are producing beautifully.
Now, when I say it’s cold here in the garden please don’t have visions of me building a snowman. Nope. It’s simply great weather…weather that doesn’t produce swamp pants. It’s my most favorite kind of weather. Sun on my back and a cool breeze coming off the snow covered Sierras. Perfect.
As I sat out in the garden this afternoon with my feet up, eyes enjoying the blue sky, I noticed a load of yellow birds in my neighbors’ Mulberry tree. Anyone have a clue what kind of birds they are? I think they have a cardinal-like head. I couldn’t get my long lens on quick enough.