We have had wind gusts of 30 – 40 mph lately and the silage tarps are staying in place. I have around 50 to 60 sand bags down on each section. The sand bags are filled with compost.
We had a warm February; however, March has been very different. This week we had nighttime lows of 22, 33, 20, and 19 degrees. I put a 2nd Agribon AG-19 on the 3rd row with the ranunculus. It was so windy and cold from Tuesday – Thursday that I had to leave the 2nd cover on the row. I finally was able to take the covers off yesterday. The cold did not affect the anemones at all. It did burn the leaves of the larger ranunculus that are getting ready to bloom.
This is a picture of the sweet peas last weekend. I only had a layer of Agribon AG-19 on this row. The sweet peas did get hurt from this week’s really cold nighttime lows; however, I feel they will bounce back.
Last week, I was busy spreading compost on the rows in field 2. I tilled the winter rye cover crop and compost into the soil. It was too windy and cold to work in field 2 this week. I still need several more loads of compost and hardwood mulch to finish this field.
Last week, we pounded in 30 ten foot poles for our 8 foot deer fencing around the second field. I will have 2 gates in this section to make it easier for me to drive the pickup in this field.
I have 3 flats of harden off stock ready to go to the field. However, I held off from planting them this week due to the really cold nights. I kept them in our garage. The nighttime low in the garage was 40 degrees. It did not seem to affect them at all.
Since it was cold and windy outside this week, I did a lot of seed sowing. Since I started using the clear humidity domes, I am getting great germination. I needed the top 6th shelf so we added lights this week. I have trays of ammi, feverfew, yarrow, mint, cerinthe, gomphrena, rudbeckia, ageratum, atriplex, celosia, dianthus, etc. We just purchase light fixtures from our local home improvement center. We are using T12 lights. They do not get as hot as T5 lights so I can have the lights close to the seedlings.