A hard freeze

Plastic or no plastic, the tomato plants in the hoophouse froze last night.  This morning when I let the girls out I looked in, and the temperature inside the hoophouse was only 30°F.  The low last night was 28°F, and we did not have plastic covering the southern end.  Sigh.  I don’t know if having the plastic on the end would have saved them, though.  Ah well, we got three ripe Orange Banana paste tomatoes.  The plants were loaded with green tomatoes, but perhaps next year will be a better year for tomatoes.  At least the lettuces and brassicas did not freeze!

Today we covered the south end with plastic, fastening it to the wooden end frame with staples and lathe saved from an earlier renovation project.  With the plastic on, the temperature soared to over 90°F, so we will have to leave the door open during the day until we have vents made.

With the hard freeze, it was time to move Henbogle coop and turn the girls loose in the garden to help us put it to bed.  We set the coop up so the girls exit the coop directly into the garden.  As soon as we can, we will construct a small hendome for the girls for the winter, to give them a place to roam and scratch.

There are many things on the list to do first, however, not the least of which is get the storm windows on!  Brr!

3 Responses to “A hard freeze”

  1. nancybond Says:

    It’s hard to believe it’s time for storm windows — it seems that once August ends, the list of chores that must be done seems to expand at a surprising rate. BEAUTIFUL new header!

  2. Kathryn and Ari Says:

    Wow. I can’t get over how quickly autumn is passing us by. I woke up this morning and found my hummingbird feeder frozen solid. Guess it’s time to bring it inside!

  3. Chris Says:

    We had our first hard freeze here in Gorham as well. Sigh. I love the chicken snow dome. What a fantastic idea! I’m still a little intimidated by the idea of keeping chickens, but every time you write about the girls I get a new burst of confidence. Maybe once the veggie garden is finished…

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