We had an unexpected snow here on Sunday, which was pretty significant. Late in the season for us, and it was more than just a dusting. So here’s what happened with my winter veggies.
I know I talk a lot about plants preparing themselves for winter, but these two photos of kale during the snow and after it had warmed up will show you the resiliency these amazing plants.
Same plants, I promise you!
Here’s the overall brassica bed in snow. Notice how the Brussels sprouts and dino kale in the background have also closed up to protect themselves.
And here it is after the snow has gone, and we returned to our normal, rainy, near-50 degree F. weather today.
They look positively chipper, don’t they?
Not to be outdone by brassicas, the Little Gem lettuce that I’ve been nursing all winter also fared quite well in the storm. Here are my two cold frames — the triangle tunnel and the box cold frame — after the snow has gone.
In these photos you can see the extra steps I took to keep these alive. In the triangle tunnel, I added floating row cover right on the plants, and then an extra, commercial tunnel cloche under the tunnel. Thank goodness it fit great. In the box cold frame, I added a layer of floating row cover, just laid on the plants. This was easy and took just a minute.
Two final photos. Today I took a close look at the dino kale (Lacinato), and saw a lot of bright green shoots coming from its tops. Is there a better indicator of spring?
Got some old stuff sitting around? How about repurposing! The toolbox could be a planter, and the old door might make a great chair back. Much more at the ReStore booth.
Rustic garden archway with Ginny Ruffner’s organic glass sculptures.
Look out for zombies!
Darwin’s muse, on a grand scale.
Vertical gardens, framed.
On “rusty lane,” handmade metal signs.
In the small space atrium, a jungle aquarium…
and a nod to the Impressionist painters.
A metalwork flower and hummingbird.
Had a quick look at the display gardens at this year’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show, which opens today, and here is an instant star, and an award-winner.
I love the tower of mushrooms being cultured in logs, and the bench filled with preserved veggies. In the foreground, asparagus spears poke through compost, surrounded by salad greens.
Called Nature’s Studio, this garden was created by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals – King County Chapter and the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association, designed by Gardens ALIVE Design and installed by Avid Landscape Design & Development.
Congratulations on a great creation.
Snow hit my garden this morning, so I took a few pictures before the rain melts it all away.
Frosty nights are here, followed by gloriously brilliant mornings. Here’s the frost melting off my new bell cloche, which is in turn covering a fine-looking Marshall lettuce.
By the way, I found this cloche at the Pacific Antique Galleries in Sodo last weekend, and noticed at least three more of different types. This one grabbed me because of the unusual shape.
Here’s a two-layered protection against frost damage: floating row cover laid in two layers right over the young Little Gem lettuce starts, and the whole thing covered by my Triangle Tunnel.
I hope you’re protecting your plants during these chilly nights.