After frost-protecting apple branches,
my eye next turned to the smaller Garden plants. Despite recent warmth
tempting me to set out tender seedlings, most of the garden is still
pretty cold hardy. Lettuce, kale, peas, arugula --- all will likely
coast along just fine on the soil's residual heat. Broccoli and onions
have been under row covers since I set them out just in case. But what
about the strawberries?
Most of our plants have their Bloom buds only barely visible, but plants of the ultra-early variety I pushed ahead with a Quick Hoop are starting to bloom. And a blackened center of one flower proves that the quick hoop alone wasn't enough to protect that bloom from even our recent semi-mild freezes.
So how about an extra row cover under that quick hoop?
The real trick here will be remembering to disinter the plants during warm spells within our cold week. After all, flowers won't turn into fruits if they're not pollinated.