Brr…. We had quite a frost the other morning. This is what I awoke too…
You see someone left the water on in the garden, alllll night. He shall remain nameless…hmmm. Anyway, the kids and I thought it was pretty neat seeing the huge ice formations.
Frozen strawberry leaves.
Frozen tree trunk.
My finger in comparison with the ice built up on the branch! 🙂 It looks like everything will make a full recovery except, maybe the apple tree. 😦
The chickens checking things out.
Sunday morning we woke up to a frozen patch in the pasture where we had turned the “pivot” (aka the sprinkle) on in the pasture. The frost also tresspassed in the garden and toasted the ends of a couple of tomatoes and a few various cucumber and squash starts but really everything else looked pretty good.
The last 2 nights I transplanted 100+ tomato plants into the garden that were given to us for free. Sounds pretty good huh? Well they all came in a single flat…
But being very frugal minded I figured I wouldn’t pass on a chance for free tomatoes. I figure if any of them live it will be a nice bonus, if they all live I will be in tomato heaven and if none survive well… I’m not out too much!
So as you can see they are pretty intertwined with one another and looking a little stressed so I figured if they were going to go in this week would be a good time as it has been a bit cooler than the last couple of weeks. I started with a sharp knife and cut out a little group of them…
Then I gently pulled and sometimes cut through the roots to free the individual plants and tried to maintain somewhat of a root ball. Some plants ended up with a descent amount of roots while others where a bit twiggish.
Then I pruned off all the lower branches and dug a deep hole, burying them up to the first row of leaves left on the plant. Tomatoes will form adventitious roots along their main stem, so if you have leggy tomatoes you can shear off the bottom section of leaves and bury them quite deeply and they will form roots all up the stems where they are buried.
This guy here I could have probably buried deeper but I think it’ll pull through just fine. It will definitely be interesting to see what happens with these guys! Hopefully it will stay cool the next couple of days to help settle them in as the heat would probably just wilt them down. When I was all finished I ended up with 2 double rows of tomatoes, planted fairly thickly-so we’ll see!
Everything looked so beautiful…
Then this morning…………….
Phew! Most of them look pretty good this morning and only have a touch of frost that they should be able to pull out of. However most of my vineys look pretty bad and a couple of my big tomatoes really got hit hard…
The first tomato of the season!
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