Garden hardiness after hard winter freeze
I was very curious to
see how the garden had dealt with abnormally low temperatures while we
were gone. Row covers actually didn't seem to have made much
difference, probably because we had a heavy snow cover before the cold
spell that helped insulate the plants. Broccoli pretty much
kicked the bucket whether it was under the row cover or not while
greens were happily growing in both places.
We grew two different
varieties of lettuce this fall --- Bibb on the left and Black-seeded
Simpson on the right. Black-seeded Simpson is usually my favorite
since it stays sweet for a long time and is well adapted to our local
climate, but the mayor of our closest town, who also runs the local
hardware store, gave us some Bibb seeds to try out and I decided to
give them a shot. I won't be trying Bibb again. As you can
see in the paired photos, Bibb seemed much less tolerant of freezing
snow cover than Black-seeded Simpson, and I also find the leaves a bit
coarser and not as sweet.
Our homemade chicken waterer never spills or fills with poop.
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