Frosty weather

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.

7 Responses to “Frosty weather”

  1. Jennifer Fisk Says:

    I was thinking the same thing about insect pests. How about some frozen Jap Beetle larva or the Stink Bugs which are southerners anyway? I’ve been saying we need little to no snow and about a week of 0 weather to clean things up and get back to normal. Maybe this is it.

  2. Laurie Graves Says:

    A good freeze can do a lot of good. I’ll keep that in mind as I haul in wood ;)

  3. Emily Says:

    You inspired me. It’s -13 here this morning and since your hens got oatmeal, I made some for mine too. :)

  4. leslie Says:

    Totally with you on good side of cold – be nice if it did in a few ticks, while we’re wishing. Doubt it’ll help much with the late blight, except by killing unharvested potatoes. As far as I know – anyone knowing different, please tell! – the Northeast does not yet have the two stage variety of the fungus that can reproduce and leave spores to winter over. What we have right now cannot survive without a living host. Absent something like a volunteer potato, it comes to us anew each year, either on the wind or with infected material like those notorious tomato seedlings from the big box stores.

  5. Lou Murray's Green World Says:

    BRRR! You have it COLD! It is 57 and raining in Huntington Beach, CA. We need the rain. the lows have been down in the 30s here, which is unusually cold. I was worried abut my two new hens, who like to roost at night on perches outside the coop. I’ll quit worrying.

  6. buttingheadsfarm Says:

    I will admit that outside chores are being finished in record time at our farm and extra time is being spent in the goat barns to entertain the girls and boys. They are locked in to keep warm and would so rather be romping outside. Soon enough we will be complaining that it is too hot. Weather in Maine, love it.

  7. Robin Says:

    I forgot about cold weather taking down the pest load. I had been feeling annoyed with the cold weather too.

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