Winter Came for Two Days. Now It’s Leaving.

Wishetwurra Farm just got cold and white for the first time since last March.

Cold’s killing claws came. Except for the winter hardy plants, and inside the greenhouse, the tender plants are done for. Our first taste of winter will be only that — a taste. The week ahead is forecast to once more be unseasonably warm. The  graph graph below shows how fast today’s warmup will be.

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Even ten days from now, we will only be flirting with freezing temperatures. Thanks to Weather Underground for this excellent graph.

I stepped out yesterday just before sunset to take a few photos in the garden.


Not long after three in the afternoon it was getting dark. We’re gaining though. Tomorrow’s daylight will be over a minute longer than today’s.

The cold and wind split the plastic of the greenhouse door. Not good. As you can see, the plants inside are feeling stunned. I’ll patch the crack, and the greens should recover. Next year I’m going to try putting a cold frame inside the greenhouse, to see how much longer that can keep the salads coming.

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A crack in the door.

Just three days ago I pulled what may be the last batch of winter radishes.


Basket of radishes. 

Old Boreas just blew us a whole two days of winter down from the northland. With the cold air came three inches of dry, fluffy snow. When cold air passes over warmer water, you can get “lake effect” or “ocean effect” snow. As soon as our wind went to the NNE, flakes started falling, courtesy of the cold wind’s passage over the Gulf of Maine and Cape Cod Bay.

Today the radish patch has a white blanket..


Wishetwurra radishes, first snow.

Here and there leaves may still be seen.


Wishetwurra radishes, first snow.

The kale is half-covered with snow. The cold will make the leaves sweeter.


Oddly out of place is the yellow of freshly frozen flowers.


Frozen flowers on a bolted chinese cabbage.

Earlier this fall the leeks got a nice blanket of eelgrass.

Now they have a nice added blanket of snow.


Leeks under a double blanket.

I’ve always liked the strong, strappy leaves of leeks.


Leek leaves in black and white.

I wonder why I like leeks so much, other than the obvious “they taste really good”.  Leeks are the symbol of Wales. Some of my ancestors were Welsh. Maybe that’s why I like leeks.




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