Unveiling and assessing freeze damage
With the final hard
freeze of the 10-day forecast in our rear-view mirror, I uncovered
plants and assessed the damage. Bad news for early strawberries --- most
of the blooms that were partially opened were nipped despite my double covering.
Luckily, strawberries flower slowly over a few-week period, so the
current loss just means we won't get ultra-early berries and that our
overall crop will be a bit reduced. We'll have to assess whether Gallettas are worthwhile given that nippage once they fruit.
Similarly, the future
isn't looking good for our apple blooms...but there the fault is my own.
The image on the left shows a twig I left covered with a dogfood bag
for over a week. I'd hoped the plastic burlap would allow the twig to
breathe, but it's obvious the covering instead captured the sun and
caused overheating. In contrast, an uncovered flower cluster on the
right looks much prettier...although I suspect the ovaries inside will
be nipped and unable to make fruits due to the 21-degree night Saturday.
On the plus side, our spring vegetables came through nearly or entirely unscathed.
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