Winter damage in hoop house

faithling(z4 VT)March 8, 2004

The soil in my unheated hoop house has finally thawed so I'm now able to survey the damage to plants I was over-wintering.

The grand prize winners this year for successful overwintering are mache, chervil and spinach -- they retained their green leaves and have already resumed their growth. Next prize goes to cilantro, mizuna, lettuce and sorrell -- they died back but are now popping back to life. And as usual, claytonia gets the prize for the hardiest and most persistent weed. Its nice you can eat it but NEVER let it go to seed or you'll have it coming up everywhere!

Surprisingly my parsley and kale were nearly wiped out -- other years I've had much better luck with overwintering them. I'm seeing a lot more damage than I've had other years. Not sure if it was the weather, the plants' maturity, or what. (In addition to one layer of plastic on the hoops, I had the plants covered in remay for a little additional protection.) Any one else have an unusually tough winter for hardy plants?

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scooty(6)

Yep. Our first year with a hoop house. 96% of the plants in pots in there for overwintering have died. Then again, a few things outside in the elements have died, too (Heaths & Heathers - I suspect lack of moisture during February). In hindsight I should have buried the pots in the raised beds instead of just leaving them on top or on the ground. The survivors were 2 Penstemmon 'Chocolate Drop', a Salvia (not the very tender kind)and a catnip. The survivors actually growing in the beds are pretty much the same characters you have. We also put a spun polyester "blanket" over them.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2004 at 9:50AM
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faithling(z4 VT)

Sorry to about the potted plants!

My parsley is coming back good and strong after all -- so it's still on my list of good over-winterers.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2004 at 6:33PM
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