Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Frost free!

Last night we experienced temps as low as 32 (freezing) for the first time since March.  I did some research and found that beans are suseptable to mild freezes (oops! And that's an early plant?) and squash is at mild to moderate freezes.  I don't want to take chances, we will be living off this food soon!  So I covered them with some sheets. I also covered Bill's roses because buds are forming.
But what I wanted to share was what I did with my strawberries:
I don't remember where I learned this, I wish I did so I could give proper credit (or yell at them if it doesn't work:) but when the water freezes on the plants it actually formss a skin and the harm is not done.  It's when the sun first shines on them and the plant automitacally opens it's cells and then the ice gets in and causes damage.  I was told to get up before the sun and water them.  So I did.  The water washes off the ice crystals and then - an hour or so later when the sun hits the plants water will go into the cells instead of ice. 
This will probably work on all plants, and if we do have another dip in temps I might try it on all of them.  Upon inspection this morning all plants have seemed to weather it out well.  Although the sheet on the squash becamse heavy with the dew and they looked a little squooshed, but nothing broken.
What do you do to keep your plants alive through freezes?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Spring has sprung... least I'm hoping it has.  I feel like I'm behind already! I decided to raize my garden for raised beds (I know, cute play on words! I'm developing my next youtube video around them!)  So there's been some work involved and I'm trying to plan and pant at the same time.  I got my lettuce, peas, & beans in a couple of weeks ago, they're coming up nicely now.
I thought I had bought some strawberries through the company I ordered seeds through, but They didn't come in and I didn't see them on the receipt.  So I went to Lowes and bought a bucket of strawberry plants, then a couple of days later my other starts came in.  So my strawberry patch has a few plants that are larger than the other starts.  I'll be interested to see which strawberries produce better and taste better....
Between the strawberries and Danni are the summer squash.  They forced my hand and made me plant them, if I had waited any longer they would have outgrown their containers.

These sad looking seedlings are a mix of tomato and peppers.  I'm hoping they hardy up here pretty soon.  It's amazing that these little scrawny seedlings can grow into a food producing plant!
The starts here are just Marigolds.  I want them edging all the beds.
Today I started cucumbers, broccoli, some herbs, and zucchini.  I think thats' why I'm feeling behind. 

I have to get the rest of my garden ready for them.We also added some peach trees to the family.