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Spring frost survival

By Penny Stine

I thought about planting some of the seedlings that I’ve been babying over the weekend, but when I saw how cold it was supposed to get last night (NOAA said 25 degrees), I decided to bring all the babies in last night rather than stick ‘em in the ground.
I also decided to try to preserve my peach blossoms.




First, I found my husband’s shop light and an extension cord, which I hung from a branch.

Then I rounded up a large tablecloth that lives in my linen closet for occasions like this. It certainly doesn’t live in my linen closet because I use it on the table, since I don’t even know where it came from…

I draped the tree so it resembled Caspar, the Friendly Ghost and plugged in the light before I went to bed last night.



I was feeling so proud of my efforts until I got up this morning and took a peek at the tree. Although the light was still shining, the tablecloth was on the ground. I don’t know whether the wind blew it off or I was just a bad draper. Either way, it wasn’t doing my peach blossoms much good from its position on the ground.

Only time will tell if it froze hard enough in my back yard to kill the blossoms. I’m just hoping a few survived.  I'm also feeling more hopeful than last year when I covered the blooming tree and woke up to three inches of snow all over the still-draped tree.  


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