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Crop & Field Notes: Frosty Fields

10 December

The past week has been a frosty one indeed.  Take a walk through the fields with us to see how they look.

The rows in the foreground are covered in “remay”. A fabric that helps protect the seedlings, in this case lettuce, from frost.  The rows to the right in the middle field are planted with cauliflower, while the rows on the left, being sprinkled, are planted with radishes and Japanese turnips.

The lettuce seedlings under the remay are well protected from the damaging frost.

The more mature cauliflower plants were sprinkled the evening before since the water remaining on the leaves helps protect the plants by absorbing the cold and creating an insulating blanket of ice on the plants keeping their temperature from falling too low.

This close-up, and the one below, of the cauliflower leaves shows the patterns the frost creates.

The cold weather slows plant growth down, and the plants create more sugars, which freeze at lower temps, to protect themselves. This is why winter veggies often taste sweeter than summer ones.

It got cold enough to freeze some standing water in a low patch of the road.

This garlic shoot is doing its best to shrug off some flakes of frost.

The frost is so thick in this blackberry row it almost looks like snow.

Frost rimed blackberry leaves.

These Brussels sprouts made it through okay, and will be all the sweeter for it.

The Lacinato (Dino) Kale has its own frost blanket. Notice how the leaves have been harvested yet the plant has been left to continue to grow. The harvest is extended by leaving the plant in the ground longer.

This hummingbird, taking a break on one of the Farm’s citrus trees, is all puffed up against the cold.