Mother Nature won..

Well I gambled on early planting season and went ahead and planted everything a good month earlier than usual just to see Mother Nature turn around and hit us with a deep freeze. So that gamble was lost and now I have to start from scratch. I will wait until next week warmer weather gets here as we're still expecting another frost on Thursday and then will replant all my brassicas, peas, potatoes, radishes etc. Not sure if my asparagus will make it as the 3 first spears are frozen into popsicles. Looks like we won't have fruit on fruit-trees this year but will know more on that later. It's just heartbreaking to see all this damage :( Frozen parsley anyone?but for now I'm going to focus on finishing new garden area and planting everything in there - raspberries, blueberries, figs, persimmon tree, strawberries - hopefully they'll provide with enough fruit for the year.

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  1. I'm so sorry, Jenny! I am surprised you lost the peas, I thought they would take the chill, but it must have been even worse than I thought. I kick myself every year for planting too early, but I never learn. I just do it again and again. Usually the later planted seeds not only catch up with, but surpass the early sowing in size and productivity. I'm thinking of trying a second planting of celery now, as I think the cold winds were just too much for my little plants.

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    1. Thank you Granny, i'm still hoping some will rebound like brassica's - they tend to come back even if leafs are frozen. I'll keep them in place for a week to see if they show any signs of life. Peas are deep green color and clearly frozen so not sure how they'll be. they don't look too good. Thankfully I have a habit of planting in waves so have replacements. And I'll be planting more seeds this weekend once again. it's just a setback. Not going to stop gardening because of it :)

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  2. It would have been neat if it had turned out well, but I think Mother Nature has a lousy sense of humor. Best of luck with the next round!

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    1. thank you, there's always a next time.

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  3. I'm sorry you lost so much! When I left for work this morning it was 28 degrees. Surprisingly the only damage I noticed when I got home was the arugula. I'm surprised that you had damage on your peas. Hopefully they will recover.

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    1. Thank you and it's ok, i can replant. It was 23 at 6am today. I'm just sorry for all those beautiful greens lost. And I'm still hoping that maybe some will rebound this week so I'm waiting until the weekend to clean it all out.

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  4. I'm sorry to hear that. What part of the country are you in? We had cold here but no damage to anything except the volunteer pumpkins and tomatoes that self seeded from the compost I put on the beds.

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    1. if you picture a map where NY, PA and NJ meet - i'm in that NJ corner up in the mountains. It's usually about 5 degree colder than eastern part of NJ or if you just got 20 miles down over the ridge.

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  5. Sorry to hear about your cold snap. I hope your peas recover too, 23 is a pretty hard freeze.

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    1. thank you, i hope they'll recover too. i tried to cover them with more soil before tenting so i hope it's only outter leafs that got frozen but the actual plant survived.

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  6. I'm thinking the peas will be fine. They don't mind a hard freeze or two. Some brassicas can take it and some can't. Some will bolt prematurely if they see cold temps. Some will produce just fine with no problems. I'm sure the asparagus will be fine. Maybe not those three spears, but the rest of it that comes up. I suppose time will tell if they all live or die. I hope they live for you.

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    1. I really hope they'll rebound. For now they're still there, haven't shown any improvement but also didn't turn brown so there's still chance at recovery.

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