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Cold weather at last

Snow on oatsI'd love to tell you that converting from cold frames to quick hoops is the reason we're still enjoying fresh lettuce and greens at the beginning of January.

But the truth is that this winter has been strangely warm.  Last year, our farm was under a coat of snow for nearly the entire month of December and the ground froze solid, but in December 2011 there were days when I didn't even need to light the wood stove.

I hear we're in for an arctic blast this week, and the snow is already falling.  I'll let you know whether the vegetables under the quick hoops survive once the leaves thaw out and either liquify or keep growing.

Even though cold weather is more work, I'm happy to see snow on the ground.  (And maybe the ground will freeze solid enough to drive the truck in?)

Our chicken waterer is easy to convert to a heated version that makes winter chores a breeze.


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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I'll be very interested to see how it goes for you with the freeze - we are also down into the teens today. I bought quick hoop materials with Christmas money and am planning to experiment extending the other side of the season. I'll be putting in seeds under the hoops later this week to see if I can get an early germination in February and I am starting cool season crops indoors, also with the intent of transplanting in February once I can keep the night-time temps inside the quick hoops in the 20s.
Comment by John Amrhein Tue Jan 3 09:45:36 2012
I'll be sure to let you know. It got down in the low to mid teens last night, which should be a pretty good test! It certainly tested our other winter projects (heated chicken waterer, water line, new boots.)
Comment by anna Tue Jan 3 15:23:52 2012





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