Cover up!

Brrrrrr. Winter’s come early to the LA basin, temps have dipped or hoovered around 30 leaving things a bit icy.

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?


  1. Jenny says:

    It has been chilly here in Dana Point, CA. at night, but staying above freezing. We have mulch over the entire garden, and I think that is keeping things happy. Just close enough to the coast. I do think our few holdouts from summer- 2 peppers, some tomatoes, and a yellow squash will probably give up after the cold snap. Our kale and salad greens, and other winter veggies are happy though!

  2. Bill G. says:

    It’s cold here in Lemon Grove (San Diego) CA. Low hit 37 on my home wx station. Our old floor heater died and needs replacement, so we are using electric oil radiator heat to keep warm. House inside was 52 F two mornings ago. We will ride it out until spring, then replace the heater, expensive. I have cool season tomatoes, stupice and Oregon spring setting fruit, small but there are about 2 dozen on three plants. I cover them at night and so far are green and sturdy. Also our dwarf lemon tree has plenty of ripe lemons ready for use. It gets covered as well as the tomatoes. It’s warmer tonight, 51 F. I see the middle east and Europe as well as US getting hammered with snow, ice and cold. Merry Christmas to all!

  3. Paul N. says:

    It’s cold here in Austin, Texas. My garden is looking forward to spring already!

  4. Brendon Blasz says:

    Wow…thirties! We are blessed with mid 70’s to 80’s this week..The mornings are dipping to around 60..Our cold weather crops of broccoli, lettuce and such are kicking into high gear..Stay warm guys and gals.!!

  5. Karen H. says:

    We have approximately two feet of snow so far in the northern part of New York. The days haven’t been reaching more than 5 to 10 degrees F. We have seen 18 below zero twice in the last week. We would love your California weather for a couple of weeks. We have khaki campbell and pekins in the barn who often wonder why they aren’t migratory birds. Just think – winter is just beginning!

  6. Francis Smith says:

    Just thought I’d pass on a little gardening tip that was used by Alan Chadwick in his teaching garden at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

    On unseasonably cold mornings Alan would head out into the garden before the sun came up. If frost had formed on lettuce, brassicas, beets, or anything else that was overwintering, he would melt it by spraying water on the leaves with a garden hose. Turns out that if the frost is melted before the sun hits it, the plants survive just fine. More of Chadwick’s techniques can be found at this website:

    Alan Chadwick Garden Techniques

    Click on “Techniques” to read about Alan’s Biodynamic French Intensive Method of gardening. There are also links to recordings of his lectures, photos, videos of his garden, and much more. Highly recomemded.

  7. Tracy Dickson says:

    Hi! I have just found your site and love everything about what I am reading. My question has to do with bugs. With y’all living so close to the land and animals, how do you deal with fleas, chiggers, mites, and mosquitoes? We have two dogs, two cats, fish, and I
    am hoping to get four chickens now that we have just bought some mountain land. I am
    assuming you don’t put Frontline on your chickens! The large growers spray their
    chicken’s legs and feet with arsenic. We really can’t afford to do vet bills right now, and I want to stop commercial treatments on the pets for fleas, so I just wondered how you do it in California. Thanks!

  8. Ken Touring says:

    I live in Leduc Alberta Canada. Each spring I rotor ale the lawn to remove the dead
    grass.then make a pile in my garden. I rototill mr garden with my little Mantis
    Tiller…great machine.I lay whole seed potatoes on top of the ground one foot
    apart in 4 twenty foot rows two feet apart. I cover the seed potatoes with about
    eight inches of dead grass from the previous year. The potatoes grow through
    the grass ……when they are a foot above the grass I hill them once with more
    dead grass. I soak them once and that’s about all I water. This will happen around
    May 24th of each year. August 1 I lift up the dead grass and there is brand new
    potatoes lying on the ground …..nice and clean just waiting to be picked. By Sep 15
    I have my own potatoes and the rest I have given away. All the dead grass is roto-
    tilled under for next year.All the dead grass is gone by spring next year and I start
    again. Our growing season is from May 24 to Sep30. Winter goes to minus 20 to
    40 below zero.
    Tomatoes I buy one foot high….take all the leaves off the stem…leaving a few at the top. I dig a trench and lay the tomatoes in the trench covering with soil leaving the
    top uncovered. I water like crazy and roots form all down the stem. The top grows
    straight up. Around Aug 1 I cut the top off and most of the leaves leaving only
    three or 4 clusters of fruit. Our season is toooo short to grow more clusters of
    fruit. Hope my thoughts make sense to you. Happy days Ken

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