Old Timers around my part of the country refer to what is called “Good Friday Gardens” because they never put out warm season crops such as tomatoes before Good Friday- the Friday before Easter Sunday. Here is why- 9 times out of 10 we will get a freeze or at least very close to freezing the week or so before Easter.
As I write this the temperature is falling and we are looking at the mid-thirties overnight. So long as we stay above freezing the vast majortiy of our plants will be just fine. Quite a few won’t even care if we dip below freezing. However; tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, Basil and other such warm season crops do mind very much if we get into the thirties at all. So, we have been covering what is already planted and wrapping up those items that have already blossomed and are putting on fruit.
The squash plants were covered in plastic pots with plastic staked over the top so this confounded wind doesn’t blow them to kingdom come.
Jonathan is working to stabilize the frame he and Tony built to protect the peach trees.
A farm requires a family to pull together. Covering our crops and praying that the temps hold above freezing. The white rectangle is covering the tomato patch.
Sierra helped me put pots over all the 50 tomato plants and 20 Basil plants. There are three times as many tomato plants to go out, but those are still safe inside the greenhouse.
My two favorite men.
Here is our harvester peach tree all tucked in for the night. The cold weather won’t kill the tree but we are concerned about damage to the young fruit growing on the little limbs. We are just to close to the end of all this cold weather to leave it to chance. We are determined to get a peach this year!
Once this was done, we all trooped inside for hot chocolate and a wonderful meal of sauteed Swiss Chard, mushrooms, bacon and eggs.
Swiss Chard is a beautiful crop and one we did not have to cover as it doesn’t mind the cold.
So, here we go just one last time. Easter comes this Sunday and this winter will just be a memory.