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Bluebird days ahead

After several days of snow — welcome moisture for plants in winter, when irrigation is turned off — the day dawned clear, cold, crystalline. More of the same is forecast the next few days.

Frosty morning.

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Garden cloche

A garden cloche to protect frost-sensitive plants is much easier to build and far less expensive than a greenhouse. Photo courtesy of Oregon State University Extension Service.

We grow our tomatoes in cloches, so on cold nights we close up each cloche and we’re able to keep our plants several degrees warmer. You can get directions for how to build one from Oregon State University extension service.
Green tomatoes

If they are mature enough, green tomatoes can be ripened indoors. Photo by Judy Scott, OSU Extension Service.

If the overnight lows get down into the mid-20s, even a cloche is not going to save tomatoes. But you can pick them green and successfully ripen them indoors. Learn how. We do this every year and make sauce or salsa in the fall to enjoy all winter.

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Because of sub-freezing nights last week, we had to delay planting starts of tender veggies until yesterday. So it was a long day of planting tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil. In August, we’ll reap the rewards.

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Planting is almost finished! We should be doing our first cutting of hay soon.

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