I can finally call myself a three-season gardener. This year I planted fall crops of lettuce, spinach, and kale. I’m now harvesting baby greens, but I want to pace myself so that I can have fresh, homegrown, organic greens through Thanksgiving, if possible.
I trick myself into believing that my livelihood depends on my garden’s output, even though I live about a mile from three grocery stores. Otherwise I’ll get lazy and not tend to things.
Last week folks from an organic farm I follow on Facebook posted a photo of lettuce rows all covered up for an expected temperature dip. That prompted me to check the forecast and I learned the overnight lows were to dip to between 31 and 32 degrees. My plants! I made a call to my local hardware store and spoke to a staff member who also gardens. He told me about a warming blanket the store sells. It won’t protect during a hard freeze but it should do the job against a mild frost.
So off I ran to buy the blanket.
Don’t they look toasty under their blankets?
I also covered some tomato plants.
I’m happy to report my tender little crops are still going strong and hubs and I are munching away on organic goodness.
So what about you? Any fall gardeners out there? How are your crops?