Thursday, April 5, 2012
What's the Damage?
So far, the plants don't look too bad and I can't for the life of me figure out why not. Looks like one more really cold night tonight and then a somewhat cold night the next night.
The biggest casualty seems to be the manifold for the veggie garden/hose complex of irrigation tubing and hoses. One of the valves froze and then busted. Fortunately, Hubby can fix that although I have to make into Home Sleezo to buy the part.
One of the forsythia looks a bit unhappy but it was the first to bloom so maybe its just done blooming? Perhaps I will notice more damage from the big freeze when I get out there tomorrow. We shall see.
I'll have to go to Carson City on Saturday.
The good news is that I haven't bothered to plant the veggie garden yet. Peas can take a freeze but a freeze down to 21 would have wiped them out! I am planning on doing some planting this week coming up.
My tomato babies are doing great. I haven't been leaving them in the greenhouse overnight but I have put them out there several days so that they get as much sunlight as possible. I am not really using the greenhouse to its fullest extent this year. Last year I did annual flowers and it turned out wonderfully but this year I bought perennial flowers that would prefer to be direct seeded. Oh well, I will simply have to use that greenhouse for fantastic lettuce all the way into winter:)
Bruce had some heavy duty freezing as well in Ohia. Looks like Raymond had pretty sparkly frost. He is in Ontario. That is Canada, don't you know? He is behind us on spring so I don't think this cold snap quite the agony that it is for Bruce. Here in the barren desert, we are just starting to see spring so I am hopeful that it won't be a huge set back.
Last year was a minor disaster. The trees were all leafed out and we got a dip below freezing and that set the trees back about three weeks while they regrouped and tried to shoot out some new leaves. It took half the summer for some of them to recover.
We had a mild winter and it seemed like the trees kept getting fatter trunks. I didn't realize that trees kept growing in the winter time. Deciduous trees, anyway. The pines, Barker cypress and Rocky Mountain junipers all did really well this winter. Nice to see us finally getting to a point where we have visible trees. We have been here 6 1/2 years after all.