Ohiofarmgirl's Adventures in The Good Land is largely a fish out of water tale about how I eventually found my footing on a small farm in an Amish town. We are a mostly organic, somewhat self sufficient, sustainable farm in Ohio. There's action and adventure and I'll always tell you the truth about farming.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Big Freeze

Last nite we had a big freeze - dang!  Unlike a short lived "frost" a freeze is when there are below 32* temperatures for more than four hours, or so the weather guy says.

So yesterday I was out there covering up what I could. I'm not too worried about the few things I planted. One of the old timers are church says that the ground is still so warm that we should be OK, especially for one night. However the only thing I'm really worried about, I really couldn't do anything about - the fruit trees.

The peach, apple, and pear trees were booming with blossoms earlier this week. It would have been a banner year for our always loaded pear trees. But now we'll have to see if anything made it. The good news is that the pear tree is pretty tall and on the top of the hill - so maybe it was above the extra cold air. The bad news is that here wasn't much I could do about the peach tree.

The only action that I could take was to get all the plastic, tarps, and sheets I could find and put them over the blossoms and hope they wouldn't freeze. Of course, if you are as short as I am and prohibited from using the tall ladder unless The Warden is home....ahem.... I could really only toss my Star Wars sheets over the lowest branches. Hopefully R2D2 kept them peaches warm.

At the last minute someone reminded me to cover the blueberry bushes - they weren't quite to blooming yet but if this freeze was gonna kill all the local berries then my couple of bushes are going to be worth their weight in gold. Zander thought the blankets on the blueberry bushes were monsters so he gave them a good woofing... then peed on them. Good work, Zander, you've defeated an able foe.

That's the word here. You just gotta love Ohio weather. The other nite it was too hot to sleep and this morning it was too cold to get out of bed. For heavens sakes.

Happy Tuesday everyone! Did you get your seedlings covered up?


Deborah said...

Thankfully, my apple trees had not blossomed yet so hopefully they'll survive. My tiller died the other day while working the raised beds so I wasn't able to move any on my transplants, they stayed safe and sound in the greenhouse. I did completely forget about my raspberry bush with it's beautiful little leaves...ugh.

stace41971 said...

This is one of my biggest fears...two years ago here in VT, we had an early spring, which meant the apple/fruit trees were all blossomed...and then it snowed/froze and we had about 10 apples on the two "good" apple trees. This year we've had warm temps early again..it cooled off before anything could flower but I'm still worried about the trees..I like my fall apples!! I hope everything of yours makes it. :)

Tracy P said...

This is very off-topic, but I was wondering if you have any advice or recipes for health & beauty items (face wash, moisturizers, shampoo, etc.)that you use? Trying to go more natural, and I trust your advice :)

Mr. H. said...

What a drag, hopfully your Star Wars sheets protected some of the blossoms enough to provide you with future fruits.

David said...

Did everything survive?

Ohiofarmgirl said...

Hi Deborah! Hopefully your trees have been sense than ours!

Yep, Stacy, there just nothing to do but hope.

Hi Tracy! Wow I'm probably the worst one to ask... I don't do anything fancy AT ALL. I use the cheapest shampoo (suave), I know someone who makes goatmilk soap - which is what I use instead of a fancy cleanser.... and I only use Aveeno lotion. I found that the better my life is the less I think about this stuff. I havent had any skin problems at all since I gave up make up and stuff. I have to say tho, sometimes I miss my Lush brand lotions and moisturizers.

Mr. H, I think R2D2 got the job done.

Hey Dave! So far so good but I dont think we will know until the fruit starts to develop. There didnt seem to be a hard frost - BUT some of the blueberries blooms looked a little iffy. Everything I covered did just fine tho! :-)

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