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Garden winterization

Quick hoops

Around here, Samhain means hard freezes are on their way.  Time to take a break from weeding and mulching the garden and do a bit of winterization, like:

  • Putting hoses away --- Unhooking all of our sprinkler hoses and laying them out on a hill lets the water drain out.  I wind them from the uphill side and put the hoses away in the barn until next year.  Treated this way, we have cheap hoses that have already lasted 5 years and seem to have several more to go.
  • Erecting quick hoops --- Greens and lettuce can handle frost, but I don't want to keep my eye on the forecast and scurry around once temperatures in the mid twenties are coming up.  Row cover fabric lets hot air vent out on beautiful sunny Fallen fig leavesdays while protecting the crops on cold nights, so it's okay to put my quick hoops up when daytime temperatures rise into the 60s.
  • Protect the fig --- The fig held onto its leaves until this week's harder freezes, but now that the plant is bare, I can erect its winter protection

And then it's back to putting the garden to bed.  Happy Samhain/Halloween/All Soul's Day/Cross-Quarter Day!

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So you will leave just row covers on the lettuce bed for a while? I read the hoops post and you mentioned that you can put plastic over the row cover. When do you put on plastic?
Comment by Fritz Wed Nov 2 08:43:06 2011
This is our first winter using quick hoops instead of cold frames, so I'm still figuring out what works for our climate. This past spring, we used quick hoops with just fabric and it worked great, but the snow load in the winter might necessitate plastic (which I like less because you have to babysit it more in the heat.) Right now, I'm planning on just trying out the fabric until it becomes obvious I need more.
Comment by anna Wed Nov 2 08:54:31 2011

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