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Swaddled Peaches

Peach trees wrapped with sheets to protect them from the frost.It was 39 F at sunset, the forecast was for a low of 29 F, and the critical temperature at which 90% of our peach blossoms will die is estimated at 28 F.  Oh, and did I mention that this is the first year our peaches might bear fruit and I'm dying to taste them?

Yes, I went a little overboard and wrapped both fruit trees in all of our spare bedding.  I filled up 5 gallon buckets and the washtub with water to sit below their branches in an effort to create a microclimate warm zone.  I stopped myself before I got to the point of trying to set up an irrigation system to sprinkle the blooms overnight, though --- I do have limits.

And, of course, the outside temperature only dropped to a very safe 32 F.  It's supposed to get down to 27 F tonight, though....  Only time will tell whether my swaddled peaches make the cut.

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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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