I have to confess that this high tunnel. low tunnel farming that we are inaugurating this winter got a little scary this past week. I wasn't really sure that temperatures near 6 degrees would be tolerated too well. So, I hesitantly waited till noon on Friday, Jan 9 before I dared creep into the high tunnel and peek under the remay.
Remay is this really light woven fabric that comes in handy for several applications around here. It's great to put on baby seedlings to keep them from wilting in strong winds, great to deter birds from feasting on tender new leaves , great to keep pests off your broccoli . In this case it added another 4-6 degrees of protection to a very cold night inside the tunnel.
Ta Dah! Baby sweet peas alive and well. Can't wait to smell their wonderful aroma.
Flourishing poppies, a healthy green, upright and firm.( As opposed to brown and limp from freezing.)
It had worked. I breathed a sigh of relief as I continued my "peeping tour" around the high tunnel.
The tulips were still just barely exposing their tips.
Relief turned to joy as I realized we had made it through the first cold snap unscathed. We're still on track for flowers in March.
Farming has so many examples of "baptism by fire". Ben and I had read the Elliot Coleman books. We had read the countless examples of high tunnel test plots online. The odds were in our favor.
But, reading about the science of something and seeing it actually work are two different things. Thankful that this time all is well.