So far, the following troopers have refused to give up here in upstate NY
(zone 5), after 2 nights of 28 degrees F., measured at ground level right by
Green ice lettuce
Parsley (two kinds)
The first two are especially delicious at the moment, so I'm creating a sort
of a tunnel over them with plastic sheets for as many evenings as this
miracle lasts. They were both started from seed in mid-September. Don't let
anyone tell you it can't be done.
On 11/19/05 4:58 PM, in article CeNff.3152$ email@example.com, "Doug
Some of my dark leaved huechera look pretty good still. Ditto the Bergenia
cordifolia and my Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa' has just started going yellow;
the flowers still look great.
Mind you, none of these are edible.
Here's an interesting article from Mother Earth News about a farm in
Vermont that focuses on growing local salad vegetables year-round.
Toward the end they have a list of their best successes with winter crops.
That's easy for you to say, Ms. Zone 8! :-)
I daresay, most January mornings it's probably colder inside a unheated
Vermont greenhouse than it is standing in your yard. The article implies
they gained the equivalent of about 3 hardiness zones with this technique.
Perhaps, but I guess I didn't elaborate. I've got stuff that is already
grown, but still edible. Not wilted & ugly. They're already protected from
critters by wire cages. I'm going to see if I can get another week or two by
covering those cages with plastic. Today, I harvested what feels like about
5 lbs of collards, and that was only 1/4 of the row.
In article firstname.lastname@example.org says...
We had subzero overnight windchills here in Chicago, far harder than a
mere frost and my chives, parsley and collards are growing like nothing
bad happened. I heard that you get the best collards after they
experience their first frost. I'm giving all of mine away on Sunday.
This season is pretty much over and they're supposed to be an annual.
The chives have always been a hardy plant consistently coming back
strong the next year surviving very severe winters. All of my plants
are in pots so cold is a bigger problem.
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