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The weather is a deceitful mistress

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It was the warmest winter I can ever remember.  It got to be 90 degrees in March.  And then, the last week of April, we had a freeze.  It’s been crazy.

Stephan had been a little bit optimistic and put the tomatoes out probably earlier than was wise.  It got pretty cold around the 20th of April, and some of the tomato plants didn’t look so good after that.  So when there was a freeze warning for the night of the 26th, he decided to cover the tomato plants in the community garden.  At home, I brought most of the herbs inside the covered porch, put towels over the blueberry bushes, and a sheet over the strawberries.

But when he checked on the garden on the 27th, Stephan said he thinks that covering the tomato plants with plastic didn’t quite do enough.  He said some of the plants didn’t look good at all.


At our house, we have only partial sun, but the trees and the privacy fence add some protection from the wind and frost.  This has been our first experience with a full sun plot, and we didn’t consider that the exposure could also have negative aspects as well.

If we have plots in the community garden next year, it’s certainly something we will keep in mind.


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

10 responses »

  1. I think no matter how much you read about it, gardening is a lot of trial and error. Maybe some of them will bounce back!

  2. It’s not that the plastic wasn’t enough……it’s the fact he used plastic. I think he should have used a sheet, newspaper, old boxes………..they may recover in spite of it.

      • Plastic doesn’t breathe, trapping moisture in, which can freeze, especially if the plastic is touching the plant. Also, if the plastic’s not removed quickly in the a.m., it heats up under there and can cook the plant instead!

        Fortunately, it’s not to late in the season to put replacements in if needed.

      • Well, the heating up was definitely not the problem — I don’t think it got much above 50 degrees the next day. But I didn’t think about the trapped moisture. Thank you for the explanation! We’ll try sheets or something next time. And yes, we’ll probably plant some replacements. While it’s frustrating to have setbacks, we’re enjoying learning new things!

  3. Same here at Crippled Creek. We’re waiting it out. Even had a quick snow flurry while putting in the raspberry plants today. *sigh*

  4. I left my favorite plant out and it suffered while we were gone 😦


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