A glorious sight last night!
The clouds looked as if they were on fire and for some reason the cloud spectacular made me start humming Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’ song. Weird how certain things touch off tunes.
Our first winter rain storm came in yesterday morning and dropped over 3/4 inch of rain here on the urban homestead. What a blessing the rain was. Now, that’s the good news!
The bad news, is that we experience our first freeze not frost but freeze. 20 degrees was the low this morning!
Before going to bed Justin went out saw that the clouds (our natural blanket) were leaving with the wind, check the temps and assessed that there was a good breeze and if the wind kept up we’d be OK. Usually Justin assesses the temperature around 10 pm, but we all went to bed early (had an exhausting day) so that probably didn’t help – going to bed early I mean.
Because sometime during the night the wind stopped and temperature dipped and the ice penetrated our light row covering.
For the onions, brassicas, carrots and root crops the ice isn’t a big deal. But for the salad greens and perhaps our last bed of eggplant and tomatoes, it’s a different story.
A frost whistler to warn us would have come in handy!
This morning Justin’s out hosing down the affected plants hoping to keep them at 32 before “dead zone” time that’s right before the sun comes up. So, we’ll be ok.
Unfortunately means we out of business this week – no income by selling our greens to the restaurants. And right now salad greens are all the surplus we have. We’ll still eat, but this will hurt our pocket books.
From the signs it looks like it’s going to be a cold winter. Going to be cold again tonight and there’s another rain storm a coming at the end of the week.
Hey So Cal folks how did your garden fare? Care to commisserate?