At -22 Fahrenheit, we clearly see the difference between the addition
we built and the main trailer. Even though the corners aren't precisely
square in the former, we insulated it like mad and thus find it easy to
keep the internal temperature at a balmy 68 throughout arctic blasts.
In contrast, inside the trailer, I had to keep the wood stove running
full bore from 4:30 am on to maintain a temperature above 40. We sure
would add a lot more insulation to our main living space if our normal
weather regularly dropped down so far below 0.
Despite the momentary discomfort, though, my main concern with this cold snap is fruit trees. Will our Chicago Hardy fig simply die back to the ground
the way it did last year at -12, or will -22 be the death knell for
this Mediterranean fruit? Our current thick snow cover should protect
overwintering garlic and strawberries, but with dormant peach buds
starting to get damaged at -10 Fahrenheit, will we even see a bloom this
spring? I sure am glad I decided to wait at least until March to prune.
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