You just gotta love March in Connecticut. It was hitting eighty degrees the day before yesterday, and tonight, into the twenties with “hard freeze” advisories up. I do love me my Connecticut weather!
It’s never boring.
Question is, what to do about all of those “cool weather” crops I started?
I have spinach, all up and growing, in window boxes all along the back ridge of my garage. Great sun, but no wind protection.
I have radishes up, fixing to freeze,
and the garlic container is out there, learning a hard lesson about “hardening off.”
I have six containers with tiny baby cauliflower seedlings, and two more in the ground.
And my beloved Reggie is out there, waiting freeze solid and blow up.
What’s a mother to do? Warp the babies in bubble wrap and bed sheets, of course!
First…Reggie came Inside.
Next, I wrapped the garlic container in bubble wrap and closed it off at the top. I know, from last September’s eggplant, that the sun will hit this bubble wrap in the morning and make these garlic guys say, “Ahhhhhh…..”
Now, what to do with the radish containers? More bubble wrap, another bed sheet, got them all tucked in for the cold night.
Looking at the spinach…I was thinking about dropping all of the boxes down below the roof line, on to the ground, and wrapping them up. OK…they needed water first, so I gave them a drink and went to do something with one of the raised beds.
I had two raised beds last season. this season, I put one on top of the other and made it double deep. Roots like that. I’ve been working with that one, and had added what came to be way too much sheep poop and hay. So, scooping out excess hay, leaving the poop intact, and saw a poof. Poof? What is this poof? Stirred it again, saw another poof. Smoke????
Steam! The poop was under too much hay, building heat, and when I exposed it to the cold air, I got a little poof of steam.
Question answered! I scooped up all of the spinach boxes and lined them up in the raised bed.
For tonight, I’m calling it the poopie bed.
Now, I still have another, somewhat smaller bed that I just built, but hadn’t gotten around to making the second layer. I dropped that on top so that the boxes are completely surrounded by wood, dropped the last two boxes of spinach into the garden cart (filled with the excess hay) and covered the whole thing with bubble wrap and a bed sheet. Now, not only are they covered and protected from the wind, they’re sitting in a hot box…I think.
As for the cauliflower, all of the containers are sitting in my basement up against my hot water heater, and the two in the ground are wrapped and covered.
My babies are nestled all snug in their beds.
March in Connecticut….bring it!