as of just today, part 3
It is 37o!
Tonight the prediction is for 35o. I have been hoping against hope this last week that the Weather Service would just be a little too pessimistic. I've resigned my thinking to be fine with the forecast. Just don't freeze!
The gardens are nearly full. The only warm-season starts that are not out there are the peppers, eggplants, melons, cucumbers and basil.
With 50+ tomatoes in the garden, I was out yesterday (when it was 78o) distributing my buckets with a rock in each to hold it down against the 25mph wind gusts. I should have just covered the tomatoes then! I did cover the squash and pumpkins with 8" pots and a shovel of dirt.
Zinnias and marigolds are filling their beds! I can't cover them - too many square feet. Fortunately, the dahlias haven't found their way to the soil surface. Potatoes are just now up . . .
There is snow falling on eye90 into Montana, of course. Snow level is supposed to drop to 2500 feet tonight. I won't be surprised to find that it is snowing as I drive out to the gardens to finish covering the tomatoes and turn on the sprinklers about 2:30am . . .
a picture of the basil enjoying the heated greenhouse: