This spring has been one for the record books. On Sunday evening, after spending the day in the garden re-planting basil and a few other tender plants, I looked at the weather and what did I see?
Our last average frost is March 25. We are almost 6 weeks out from when we should have been having this kind of weather. It makes me want to give up on trying to keep the garden going. I can remember a couple of times when I’ve had to cover my tomatoes but I don’t ever remember having to do it on three different occasions. Yep, this is the third time this year I’ve pulled the stakes out, put buckets and rocks over the plants and hoped for the best.
Wednesday morning began with the garden growing and thriving as usual.
By Wednesday afternoon, things were different.
Every available vessel was used to cover the plants — 5 gallon buckets, bowls, empty formula containers, Mason jars . . everything I could find.
Rocks were placed on top of the lightweight containers to keep them from blowing away.
But .. something I’ve never done . . completely dug up some of the things I’ve already planted. Sunday I planted the basil (to replace what had already been damaged by the cold) and some cucumber plants.
The plants that were dug up, as well as plants not yet planted are in the well house . . once again awaiting warm weather.
Last night was 39º at our house but 35º in town. “Town” kinda sits in a hole and it’s usually a few degrees colder there. Tonight, they’re now saying 34º for our low. If we can get by without frost, the potatoes should be ok and then I hope this roller coaster between 90º degree highs and 30º lows will end. Sunday morning it should be safe to uncover the garden plants and plant the remaining plants and I hope that’s the last time they have to be covered or put up.