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Late March freeze

Snowy garden

Alpine strawberry flowerI understand why Zimmy sent us an inch of snow Sunday night --- he was jealous of our green grass and wanted to cover it up.  But a low of 25 on Monday night?  Really?

It's hard to tell what got damaged by the freeze, but I'm willing to guess.  Our alpine strawberries, blooming long before our June strawberries, were definitely nipped --- the centers of their flowers have turned black.  These small plants aren't our main strawberry crop, and the alpine strawberries will put out new flowers, so it's Snow on nectarine flowersno big deal.

I expected the onions I set out prematurely to be injured, but they looked just fine, as do our early peas.  I can only guess about our fruit trees, but based on my critical temperature chart, I'd say this freeze probably just did a little early thinning.  Only the nectarine flowers that were fully opened will be completely killed, and there are flowers yet to unfurl even on that precocious tree.

As long as Zimmy keeps his cold weather in Ohio after this, we should be in good shape.

Our chicken waterer keeps our chickens occupied so they don't pick on the most unpopular hens.

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For some reason we have had a whole week of crystal clear skies but very cold temps. This gave me the opportunity to get outside and work on some projects on frozen ground instead of mud. Sorry about the snow, but if it makes you feel any better, it wouldn't be unusual for Mother Nature to send us a snow storm in April. Now that spring is here, think summer!
Comment by zimmy Wed Mar 30 10:20:23 2011
What's a "Zimmy"?
Comment by Michael Smith Wed Mar 30 10:41:41 2011

Michael --- Zimmy is a reader. :-)

Zimmy --- I can't think summer yet! Spring is about all I can handle. :-)

Comment by anna Wed Mar 30 12:45:52 2011

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