Poke Boatin’ again

Nancy headed out quilt shopping today so, after playing garden for an hour or so, I decided to bite the bullet and try the poke boat and a little fishing. I wasn’t sure how this would work out because you get into some weird body shapes getting in and out of the boat and then sit in a bit of an uncomfortable position. No problem. Got in and out just fine and paddled around for a while checking out the lake for the first time in months. No fish but still have the laser accurate casting that has made me a legend in my own mind. Bring on the spec’s.

As of today, the garden is 100% planted – no space left. By the end of this month, some spots will open as the current crop is picked but the next event where I’ll have meaningful space is after the first frost. At that point all the peppers, tomatoes and eggplants will be history, freeing up about 150 SF, already fully accounted for in terms of ready to go seedlings. It’s not unusual to have a touch of frost in mid November – we did last night – but not a “killing” frost. The good news is that a frost will also kill off the mosquitoes, which have been the worst ever this year. And a frost will also sweeten the citrus. No way of telling for sure when, or even if, a freeze will happen but historically it’s in the middle of December. We’re having our first serious cold snap with the night time temps dipping into the 40’s so I’m going to make a dummy run on setting up the greenhouse for seriously cold weather in the offing. There’s a zipper door that I’ve never closed and several gallon jugs that I will fill with water and sun cook all day to become an overnight heat source inside the greenhouse.

One thing that’s neat is seeing the garden’s reaction to a cold snap. Up until today our typical daytime temp is about 80 but this morning it was in the upper 40’s. I did my standard morning garden check to see if any critters had attacked over night and was pleased to see how much the winter crops love the cool weather. The plants all look just fine at 80 degrees but at 50, they are popping – standing up straight, leaves all crisp with no sign of wimp or wilt. I’m fairly certain the, so called, chill factor has no affect on plants – at least I play it that way in terms of covering up plants but it sure has an impact on the farmer. I was in full winter gear – long pants, fleece shirt and down vest. Felt good at 7 AM but by 9AM, I was roasting.

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