I'm told the Sierra Sun is doing an article on the coldest spring in Truckee's recorded history... this one. I was amazed, as I often am, with the resilience of plants that I was sure were toasted by the 14°F May 22 am, 16°F May 23 am, etc... I was agape with wonder also at the plants that froze. After the Voles, the Rabbits, the Raccoons and the Porcupines this winter, this cold has felt a little like"insult to injury".
We had a truck running around Oregon and Washington, picking up our new material last Friday and with the forecast, we asked to park it in Reno until Tuesday morning. We unloaded in beautiful weather Tuesday morning and covered the plants with N-sulate in the grey, drizzly, blustery afternoon.
We cover our new material for a few days before offering it to our clients because the tissues need to harden to our climate. Covering gives us several degrees of protection so that the plants are near freezing without being damaged. We've used the N-sulate, floating row cover, for many years and other brands for 20 years before that. Everyone who loves their garden, should have some of this spun-bound polyester fabric on hand. We keep 2-3, 300ft rolls in stock at all times and we sell it packaged in 10x12' sheets or by the foot @ 10' wide. I covered an espaliered apple and the buds appear to be fine. The bleeding hearts and ferns that I covered also appear unfazed by the cold nights while the uncovered plants 6 feet away are torched. Plastic has exactly zero insulating value and if the sun comes out for just a few minutes, you'll cook your plants.
Here's a shot of my row-cover curtain protecting tomatoes in September:And the nursery in June:
Posted on Wed, May 26, 2010
by Eric Larusson filed under