This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

winter tunnel after -12 F cold snap

winter tunnel IMG_5129

I'm surprised how well a double tunnel insulates plants. I thought everything would be dead by now. Especially after our record breaking -12.8 F (-25 C) night. Spinach, kale, mustard, bunching onions and cilantro are perfectly happy. (My kale outside of the tunnel is dead.) Lettuce, arugula and chard in the tunnel are cold-singed but will recover fast I think. Probably turnips and daikon radish (the large dead-ish looking plants in the center) are not good choices for a winter tunnel.

We're getting some warm days, 40s and 50s, and the sun is getting stronger and daylight is longer, so I think things will start growing soon. I haven't harvested anything in just over a month (since January 12).



Anonymous vickie said...

Yes! this looks very familiar. I love the hoops. Greens before April are amazing!

March 17, 2016 6:25 PM


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