You didn’t actually think we were done with winter, did you? I know, I was hoping too. Here in the Wichita area we were greeted with a dusting of snow this morning, and the forecast for overnight low temperatures are ranging from 25-28 degrees.
The difficult thing is that there is a huge difference in the damage you can expect in that range. 28 degrees will cause a little damage to fruit trees in bloom and cool season vegetables. 25 degrees can kill most of the flowers on a fruit tree and cause more severe damage to vegetables.
Of course, if you already have tomatoes, peppers, or other warm season vegetables planted outside, you had better have them covered already. Otherwise, they will probably be dead. Honestly, you would be better off bringing them back inside.
Here in the Demo Garden, we only have cold tolerant things out right now. (Well, except for maybe that poor rhubarb…) We were planning on planting beans and a few other things tomorrow, but we are going to push that back at least one more week. Beans need warmer soil, and I think that our soil is going to need to warm up again after this weather.
Unfortunately, due to the amount of snow that piled up last week and the beginning of this week, I didn’t get more pictures of the garden until yesterday.
You can see that the snow on the beds nearest the building has already started melting significantly, but that the far end is still piled and drifted with snow. It should be a good amount of moisture (and protection) for the garlic and shallots for the time being. It’s kind of nice having a winter that looks like winter for a change.
Normally I would have a few teaser pictures from the Outdoor Living & Landscape Show to share, but again, I didn’t get my camera down there yet. I’ll probably have a few pictures next week. Meanwhile, you can find out anything pertinent about the show here: Outdoor Living & Landscape Show. The list of seminars is there as well.
The 3rd annual Grow Good Food Workshop is fast approaching! It will be on Saturday, March 23rd here at the Extension Office. You can see the schedule and register online at http://growgoodfood.eventbrite.com/