Wow, did we miss these
Well! I can honestly report that one cannot pluck one’s greenhouse veggies all year long (as I had hoped). Sometimes a deep freeze messes with your plans.
It’s been cold here; it’s been cold most places in the northern/eastern portions of this country. It got down to -3* one night last week; really flipping cold, in other words. Good news in the greenhouse: the lowest air temperature in there was 18*. Which means the lowest it was in the beds themselves was probably 25*…cold enough to freeze the water within your cell walls if you were a resident plant. And so, I didn’t do any plucking or picking for a week (with the exception of the parsley; can’t cook without it); I let things hibernate.
Instead, I had a very Scarlett O’Hara moment on Tuesday when I brought my sharpest produce knife into the outside gardens and sawed the frozen heads off of two collards. I was ACHING for greens, deep-freeze or no. They weren’t bad, very mild, and it fixed my need for leaves. But it underscored for me that the new greenhouse must be fully planted with the kale and collard crops that we need to accompany our bean-y winter fare.
Of course, our cold and snow never hang around long here. Today’s highs will be around 45*, low 35*, so it will be sloppy soon with all that melting snow. Yesterday, though, was nice and sunny so we finally got a great, big, welcome salad out of the greenhouse. Sigh!