I assembled this old tent affair, which had been stored in my garage, as protection for my tender plants. Inside I have a variety of salad leaves, that I planted in pots towards to end of Autumn. Also have some herbs - you can see mint to the front - and a couple of bay-leaf plants. Each night I roll down the flap at the front so that they are completely protected, from whatever the weather has to offer. Each morning I roll up the flap so that they can have some light, little as there is!
I hope to have fresh salad and herbs for Christmas Day! If I achieve that, that will be something!
Cool! Thank goodness for the garage, huh? Wish we had one!
I don't think i could live without a garage - I'm such a hoarder!
Thanks AC! We had such a wretched summer here - with just about no crop yields - that I was determined not to let the weather get the better of me. There needs to about 6C /42.3 F of heat in the soil for growth to take place, and there is less than that now - so not a lot of growth can be expected - but hopefully things will heat up eventually.
I have some nice Swiss chard, which is similar to spinach growing in the garden. it is a winter veg, so hopefully that will stand up to plenty of cold.
Last night was desperate, weather wise. Storm force winds and gusting, freezing rain. I could hear things being blown around the garden, but could not see out in the dark. Next morning, the truth was there before me.
Here's what greeted me - my poor pot plants, which had been under protection.
The protection I had on my precious plants has been blown off and is half way down the garden in a mess.
Forecast tonight is for blizzard conditions. Meanwhile the freezing rain/sleet is bucketing down. I have to go out and try to salvage the scene and put things back as they were.
The little pins holding down the tent are far too fragile to deal with heavy winds. They had all been pulled out of the ground. I had cut up some old dry-cleaners' clothes-hangers to make more stakes. Then I realized these would be too weak too.
Suddenly I have a bright idea! I have lots of tall metal stakes, the kind used for staking herbaceous plants. These average 4 to 5 foot in height, and are not being used ATM. I use these, driven deeply into the ground, instead of the little 6" ones that come with the tent.
Everything is back as it should be now. And - so far so good, the tent is holding up while the stormy weather continues. It was essential to put things back to rights in case we are snowed in in the morning, as forecast. My plants would never survive the snow, without protection.
I got wet to the skin and thought I was about to have frost-bite in my hands by the time I had finished tidying up and preparing for the worst. Let's hope the weather forecasters have gotten it wrong about tonight!
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2013 21:32:23 GMT -1 by Whisker