Freezing fog has kept the area chilly, with few sun breaks, sometimes only an hour before dusk. Still, it is easier maneuvering through the garden than in pouring rain. It appears the kale survived the earlier arctic wave without protection…hooray! Not that it is actually doing anything except sitting in limbo. The soil temperature (at 3-inch depth) is still hovering between 38 and 40°. Brrrr…
Christmas has brought us a lovely break in this monotony, with the sun breaking through by mid-morning; nippy day, with only 7 degrees difference between the high and low temperatures, but the radiance was welcomed by many.
A circus of birds paraded through the yard at times: a swarm of bushtits, a couple of goldfinches, chickadees, and yellow-rumped warblers, plus the usual raucous starlings. The two resident hummingbirds were squeaking away merrily, zipping in to feed when the other wasn’t looking.
A new gift “for the garden” is a heat mat for growing seedlings. It will fit perfectly in my kitchen garden window. Now I can grow some chanterai (mini-canteloupes) and margarita melons. Now to redesign the bed…..