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Dogwood winter

Spreading row cover for frost protection

Despite the fact that our neighbors are planting big hothouse tomato transplants, our frost free date is still two and a half weeks away.  Sure enough, we have a frost watch in effect for two days this week.

Time to haul back out my holey row-covers.  Learning from redbud winter's frost, I chose to use my limited protection on the strawberries, some of the potatoes, and our hardy kiwis.  The latter lost their first flush of leaves to a previous frost, and I'm a bit concerned they might have a bad year if they lose their second flush of leaves too.  Here's hoping temperatures don't drop so low that anyone else is harmed.

Treat your chickens to POOP-free water with our homemade chicken waterer.

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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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So I guess there's still time for me to get in a garden then...
Comment by Everett Wed Apr 28 16:58:56 2010
You've got scads of time. Honestly, even if you didn't get anything in until near the end of May, you'd be fine with the warm weather crops.
Comment by anna Wed Apr 28 17:10:50 2010

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