Posted in broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cold frames, Food, kale, organic food, organic gardening, radish, winter gardening, tagged cold frame, environment, Food, nature, organic gardening, snow, vegetable tunnel, winter, winter gardening on February 8, 2010 |
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After more than an inch of ice and at least half a foot of snow precipitated on us and then lingered for four days in late January and early February, I had my doubts about whether my veggie tunnels would still have viable veggies in them. Temperatures, after all, have been running about ten degrees below normal for several weeks, and adding ice and snow on top of that did not bode well for plants that like sunshine. It took some time to brush off the snow and break off the ice, but I’m delighted to report that almost everything survived. Given that it was still quite cold when I took photographs, I didn’t want to take the tunnels all the way off, so “after” photographs are through the tunnels.
On November 29:
Are those really veggie tunnels under all of that snow and ice?
Yes, and those are cold frames in the distance.
February 1: time to take off the snow
They’re looking pretty sad. Did anything survive?
Yes! the veggies live!
I also dug several radishes and some carrots from the cold frames yesterday, so those too continue to thrive.
We’ve already got at least four inches more snow today (February 8), and radar shows a heavy band of snow moving in within a few hours and then more overnight, for a total of 8-12 inches. I’ll sleep easy through this storm, though, knowing that my winter garden is surviving, snug under its tunnels of veggie love.
If you’re in the path of this latest storm (or any other) make sure you tuck in your veggies before you tuck in yourself.
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Posted in beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cold frames, gardening, kale, leeks, organic gardening, sausage, winter gardening, tagged Food, freeze, gardening, kale, leeks, sausage, winter gardening on January 7, 2010 |
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Our winter garden has had a really challenging week, and it’s only getting worse. I’ve taken all of the basic precautions, but when temperatures drop well below freezing and stay there for days, I know I’m going to lose some things. The first thing I did was cut a whole bunch of kale and pull the most vulnerable leeks and made a Tuscan sausage, leek, and kale soup. I also dug some baby turnips that were on the outer edge of the cold frame. I’ll roast those later this week. Where ice and snow have accumulated, I’ve left it on my cold frames and plastic coverings; the snow will be a better insulator than the glass and plastic alone. Tomorrow I’ll pile pine straw and leaves around everything that I can, including my vegetable tunnels. The good news is that, although some of what I’m growing will freeze, most of it will grow back, given a few weeks. I’ll just have to be patient!
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