We are getting ready for a little blast of winter here in Massachusetts. We have reached the 50% probability mark for a frost in the 28 ℉ range as of tomorrow, and we are going to see it! My poor garlic is in for a shock, along with all the tender seedlings recently transplanted out. The buds have begun to break on all my fruit trees, hopefully they will make it through unscathed.
I will most likely cover the garlic with straw, and maybe some row cover or plastic mulch. The hoops could really use a heavy quilt, but the forecast is calling for 80% precipitation which may come as rain and/or snow. Snow would be much preferred by me, at least it is insulating. That cold rain is not welcome here in my garden!
I lost my pea seedlings to all the recent rain, the container they were in was badly clogged and holding three inches of water. I dumped them and need to start all over today, although Friday's lows have me rethinking that plan, maybe I should just wait until the weekend......the peas will be so far behind anyway. My kids were very upset to hear the news, they have been looking forward to picking since I ripped out the last crop in 2009. Just figures right? It is the only thing they are guaranteed to eat out of the garden!