cold snap

There’s a rule of thumb that farmers and serious gardeners in this area live by: don’t plant your spring crop seedlings until the first full moon of April. However, since we’re beginning gardeners and know all that there could concievably be known about gardening, we decided that the last weekend of March was the perfect time to plant our spring tomato crop: screw the folklore, we haven’t had a cold day after March since the blizzard in 1994.

So tonight, April 6, it’s supposed to drop down to the high 30s, and tomorrow, the low 30s and the day after that: upper 20s. We wouldn’t be so self centered as to think nature was personally trying to teach us a lesson, but it sure feels like it. So, in our evening pajamas since we didn’t see the weather report until after 8pm, we ran outside and covered the tomatoes and strawberries in a plastic tent and moved the seedlings and two coffee plants inside. We set the plastic tent up so that the plastic didn’t actually touch any of the plants, since Kevin had read somewhere that if the plastic is touching the plant, it’s the same as leaving it out in the cold, since the temperature will be transfered directly by the contact. We hope this works and we’ll keep our fingers crossed over the next few days.

We used two plastic sheets and garden stakes to cover the tomato rows and keep the plastic from actually touching the plants.

We used two plastic sheets and garden stakes to cover the tomato rows and keep the plastic from actually touching the plants.

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  1. Anna said

    Also, and this might just be because of my evil black thumb of doom, but the plastic touching the plants, if you are trying to get them through the winter, can cause a really weird white fungus to grow on them. Poor hibiscus was so pretty before I got hold of it, too.

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