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Two, the only two lilac blossoms. All the others were lost in the frost that followed Summer in March. Sadness!

That painter’s drop cloth has a ghostly look, doesn’t it? Especially at night? Anyhow, I saw the frost warning on Weather Underground, so rushed out and did what worked the last time: Painter’s drop cloths over all the milk jugs with seedlings.

Even if May 6 is well within the range of normal last frost dates for my micro-climate, I, personally, am very ready for this nonsense to end. Can’t we move it along?

NOTE Night shot optimized with Camera Boost. And heck, a night shot ought to be grainy.


Here is a bean seedling that survived the low overnight temperature, even though I didn’t cover it with a drop cloth. Perhaps the predicted temperature wasn’t the real temperature. Perhaps I should only worry when there is an actual frost warning. Perhaps the nano-climate created by the jug itself is protection enough from the chill; I always place the handle end of the jug, which is not slit open, against the prevailing wind. However, I leave the slit round the rest of the jug untaped, unlike other practitioners, on the theory that exposure to the air acclimates the seedlings to the patch, as well as hardening them. That was what worried me. There’s hardening, and then there’s freezing!

Anyhow, one more night of this ridiculousness, and then we continue our progress toward spring.

Notice also how this jug exhibits the tendency for the first seedlings to emerge at the sides of the jug.

NOTE A lot of tinkering with this one sfter I pressed the publsh button..

Predicted temperatures at 5AM tomorrow. And after Summer in March, too! What a rollercoaster! And it’s going to be like this through Tuesday. Are we even going to make it to Memorial Day?

Anyhow, now that I’ve got seedlings, I don’t feel like risking all of them, so I’ve covered the milk jugs for tomatoes and cantaloupes, because they’re in the path of that nasty prevailing cold wind coming round the corner from the North.

I left the beans (a few of which have sprouted) and the squash (which have not sprouted) uncovered, partly out of laziness, partly because they’re more sheltered, and partly as a control. Also, looking on the bright side: Maybe the hulls of the squash seeds never cracked, and now’s their last chance!

Milk jugs work like little greenhouses, for sure, but not when February comes in April!