Dog-food bag frost protection
Spring freezes always
make me wish I could just send up a dome to enclose our entire core
homestead. Since Mark hasn't yet invented such a device, I'm stuck
choosing which plants to protect with the materials we have on hand.
This year, we're trying something new to me but that my mother has used to good result in years past
--- plastic dog-food bags. (Yes, some of my bags started with chicken
feed or cover-crop seeds inside them, but you know what I'm talking
The bags are a little
tricky to pull over tree limbs without knocking flower buds off, and I
opted to tie each one partway closed in hopes the wind won't catch
inside and yank yet more plant parts free. But I have high hopes that
the still-air pocket created will protect blooms from the upcoming
freezes and that the bag will still be breathable enough that it will be
okay to leave them on for the solid week of cold we've got ahead.
As you can see, I only
covered a small subset of my apple limbs. Partly that's because I ran
out of bags and partly that's because I want a control just in case the
bags make matters worse rather than better. Stay tuned for results....in
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