Well, you don’t. A semi-hard frost hit the ground last night and we were quite unprepared for that event! Unfortunately, I hadn’t been scouring the weather websites lately, so I didn’t know it was coming. I should have known with how clear and cold it was yesterday. Patrick and Josh were out at 6am this morning ready to pick spinach and salad greens, but everything was frozen, so they had to wait. Instead, they are in the barn organizing our recycling pile. Ho hum.
Coincidentally, we had taken off all the remay this weekend (our frost barrier), so Josh could mow between the rows and we could see what was going on out in the garden. Well, we didn’t put it back on. Bad farmer bad! As the sun comes up over the mountains and the frost melts off, we’ll see how our tender lettuces and greens held up with this late frost. May 15th is usually the last frost date, so we still aren’t in the clear just yet. I think everything will be just fine, but today, we’ll be putting the remay back onto some of those tender greens in light of this lesson.
What we’ve got for market tomorrow: head lettuce (yippee! and it is so beautiful!), salad mix, spinach, joi choi (these massive bok choys), baby bok choy, spring raab, golden wave bunches, golden frill bunches, arugula, radishes, turnips, gailon, red rib, cilantro, mizuna bunches, dill (once again, when we uncovered a bed from remay, we found a bed of dill that had reseeded from last year and it is so nice!), escarole, frisee and catalogna chicory. It will be a nice harvest today. My mom’s in town for Everett’s birthday (which is Wednesday, by the way), so I’ve taken off work for the week and I get to be a full-time farmer for a few days. Yeah!
In other sad news, my new Khaki Campbell ducks got eaten by a fox. I’m very sad and especially disappointed with my poor animal husbandry. They were good little ducks and deserved a better fate than the one they got. Their ghosts visited me yesterday in the greenhouse when I swear I heard them quacking. RIP Ducks. I’m sorry.