Heavy frost, warm fire
woke Saturday morning to a very heavy frost and discovered the low
(forecast to be 27) had dropped to 18. This is an extremely cold
snap for not-even-Halloween --- for the sake of comparison, last year we
didn't get down into the teens until the beginning of December.
In the process, I found
out that soil temperature is much more important than air temperature
for a lot of these issues. Yes, the chicken waterers were frozen,
but the plants and fridge root cellar mostly weren't. The earth is
still pretty warm from summer sun, so a low that would have killed most
uncovered plants in February just nipped back the Swiss chard, tokyo
bekana, and oilseed radishes a bit, with everything else
thriving. The fridge root cellar only dropped to 39 degrees,
perfect for the carrots and apples therein.
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