As the weather warms, I would say this is no longer an issue this year. But then I talked to family last night in Baltimore. It was 60 degrees yesterday and the weather man was calling for snow this weekend. You just never know.
A few weeks ago I stood in the same predicament. Thank goodness I ran into my gardening neighbor— the retired professor from West Virginia (who always updates me on the weather.)
“We’re going to have a freeze again tomorrow. I’ll be out here covering my garden at sunset.” He looked over at my cabbage and the last row of collard greens— the only things left. “Will you?”
So, my husband was out at sea and I’d already destroyed 1/2 the garden in the last freeze. I wasn’t going to let it happen again. 32 degrees would head in after sunset. I armed myself with a sheet, two tomato stakes, and a bag of clothespins.
I’ll show you my version vs the West Virginian’s version.
Guess who won?
Yeah, this wasn’t going to work. I didn’t have enough sheets. I hightailed it to the Goodwill across the street, pretty much cut in line, telling the woman behind the counter and the woman in front of me that I had to beat the sunlight, and threw the money on the counter. She didn’t even ring me up, she checked my prices and told me, “Go!” I arrived at the garden right as the sun dipped below the horizon.
The West Virginian professor struggled with the sheet of plastic for his garden as I pulled up. He shook his head. “No, no, Jennifer. Your sheets are up too high. I have some boxes.” He miraculously pulled from his car just enough boxes to cover every plant in my row. We pulled the sheets over and tucked them in with wood and the garden wheel barrow to keep them from blowing away. Then I helped him pull the plastic sheet as big as a swimming pool over his garden, and we stood laughing in the dark. “I think we made it!” he said.
West Virginia’s attempt:
It worked! Good as gold. The next morning I pulled everything off in the bright sunlight. The greens stood up and thanked me.
The moral of the story? Always trust a West Virginian. Or a retired college professor. Thanks John!
- Devastation of a hard freeze (militaryzerowaste.wordpress.com)
- West Virginia Professionals, Teeth Intact, Join Forces to Fight Negative Stereotypes and Foster Entrepreneurialism and Innovation across the Mountain State (prweb.com)
- Through the fence posts: wishing I had their vegie garden (lardertales.wordpress.com)
- Back to the Basics with Lindsey (greenandcleanmom.org)