This morning it is a crisp -5°F at Henbogle. Not as cold as we’ve seen in the past, but still damn cold. We are having a little blast of arctic air hit Maine. Yesterday morning it was -1°F, but with a brisk wind that brought temps down into the dangerous range of about -25°F. The NOAA website is forecasting today’s daytime temps to reach 10°F, and tonight go down to -7°F. Tomorrow, the temps will moderate a little, with a high of 14°F and a low of around 2°F. Good times.
Our beloved hens seem unphased by the weather. The nipple waterer is working great, and this morning they had a nice bowl of warm oatmeal for breakfast. The hendome keeps them out of the wind, and the thick layer of straw provides some good insulation from the freezing ground.
While the cold temps are no treat, gardeners will see some benefit from it. The scant snow cover offers less protection to insects and diseases such as late blight and the hemlock wooly adelgid. I hope the cold weather down the east coast will kill off the late blight spores in warmer southern states, and slow their travel up north to my garden. It has been too long since I tasted a truly delicious tomato.