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Offline greyhoundgirl

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The things we do for our gardens...
« on: November 22, 2013, 07:34:30 AM »
In our family reading, we are on Farmer Boy, and last night read the chapter where they got a freeze on the 4th of July.  They had to go out and hand water all the corn in the middle of the night before the sun came up.  Right before we headed to bed last night, I remembered we hadn't ever put the Plexiglass window on the chicken coop, so they still had just a screen in the window.  Maddy had shut their little door and put the water heater in yesterday, but with this window open and a wind chill of 18 at bedtime, we figured they'd be quite cold.  So, out we went...I needed to hold everything from the outside while Earl screwed on the nuts inside the coop (and got pecked by the rooster).

After that, I happened to think of my little lettuce plants which managed to survive the 15 degree temps last week (I covered them with an old sheet).  So, Earl rounded up some plastic and we gathered up pavers and covered that bed best we could...didn't think the sheet would work this time since we were expecting icy rain.  We were talking about feeling like the Wilders while being out there, lol.
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Offline mooremama

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Re: The things we do for our gardens...
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2013, 08:03:27 AM »
I've been known to wake up from a sound sleep and go outside to shut the coop window or cover something up. I've also been in the garden before daybreak washing the frost off of my plants.  :D

Farmer Boy is one of my favorites.   

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Re: The things we do for our gardens...
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2013, 08:06:00 AM »
I've been known to wake up from a sound sleep and go outside to shut the coop window or cover something up. I've also been in the garden before daybreak washing the frost off of my plants.  :D

Farmer Boy is one of my favorites.   

Beth

Glad to know we're in good company.  ;)  The wind was bitter but I'm thinking that lettuce will taste mighty good in a few weeks if it makes it.

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Re: The things we do for our gardens...
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2013, 09:12:48 AM »
Oh yeah...fresh lettuce in November/December...it'll be worth it. 

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Beth in western NC
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Mother of Aaron (26) and Caylon (24)
MIL to Bo
Nan to Lainey Beth (7), Stephen Holden (3) and Samuel Evan (2)
Furmama to Bonnie and Jake
Barnyard Mama to 2 goats, 3 turkeys and oodles of chickens.

Offline Cheryl

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Re: The things we do for our gardens...
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2013, 02:21:24 PM »
What kind of lettuce are you growing?  I had some romaine that was pretty much killed by a light frost but some other I had planted (something called Red Sails, I believe) is still going strong.   You can't beat fresh lettuce in winter!
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Offline greyhoundgirl

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Re: The things we do for our gardens...
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2013, 02:28:34 PM »
Well, I planted Paris Cos Romaine, Barcarolle (or something like that) Romaine, and some type of leaf lettuce.  Not sure which ones have made it though I think at least some of the leaf lettuce has.  Also, I have some kale that was still alive as of yesterday.

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Re: The things we do for our gardens...
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2013, 02:37:29 PM »
Hopefully all your plants are still alive.

I think I'll start some seeds indoors this weekend if I can find them. :)
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