The New Year started off with bitter cold weather here. Overnight lows got down in the single digits, and the temps did not get above freezing for 11 days in a row. Despite that, we still have winter hardy veggies growing here. They may not be thriving in the cold temps, but they are surely surviving.
The plants in the two cold frames don’t look bad at all. There are several varieties of lettuce, as well as escarole and some young pak choi plants. Spinach seed has been sown but hadn’t yet germinated when I took the photo. It should be ready to harvest in March.
The first cold frame has wooden walls made from 2x8s and was covered only with Reemay type material, while the other one has twin-wall polycarbonate sides and top. The green pot is covering a vole exit hole and has a mouse trap under it baited with peanut butter. No luck yet on catching the vole, but at least they haven’t snatched any more plants!
Inside the greenhouse things are also looking pretty good. I added some supplemental heat in there during the cold spell, but even then lows got down to 17F one night, and stayed below freezing for several days. The lettuce plants below were unfazed.
And finally, this Red Choi pak choi is holding up nicely. The slugs ate on it a little bit early on, but they left plenty for us to feast on. We had some for dinner this week. After a quick stir-fry with some shiitake mushrooms and garlic, I gave it a dash of soy sauce and a bit of Umeboshi vinegar. We also enjoyed some freshly dug carrots this week. They got roasted in the oven, seasoned with olive oil, cumin and garlic. Our January harvests may not be as large or varied as our summer ones, but I think we appreciate them even more!