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Nicky Schauder, co-founder of Permaculture Gardens
This week was a very rainy one, so I mostly stayed out of the garden plot. I weeded a bit and then ran over today to cover the lettuce and radish seedlings with strips of row cover as a freeze is predicted in a few days. I think they'd be okay without the cover, but better safe than sorry. The Arugula (shown at left) was already covered all winter and is growing well. I picked a few larger leaves off to put on my pizza for dinner tonight.
The cover cloth I use is the Harvest Guard Freeze Protection Plant Cover aka Floating Frost Blanket .(You can order it at https://amzn.to/3IzXJ89 NOTE: This is an Amazon affiliate link to our account). I cut it in strips and tack it down with plant tags, bricks, water jugs -- really anything I find that is handy.
The pea and carrot seedlings have not surfaced yet, but no surprise.
Next week, I hope to clear out space to start some cool season herbs like cilantro, dill, and parsley.
Are you back in your edible garden yet? If so, what are you growing?
About Fenton Friday: Every Friday during the growing season, I'll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house in zone 7 Mid-Atlantic MD/DC border. I'm plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 11th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.) See past posts about our edible garden by putting "Fenton" into the Search box above.
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