Monday, October 10, 2011

Moringa Trees and Winter Weather

Winter, the Beginning is here in Mina Already:

We spent a few days dragging all the Moringa trees and other frost sensitive plants into our shed. It has several clear panels in the roof to let in sunshine. It is at 34 to 36 degrees most mornings. We will see how long they keep their leaves inside. The shed is not well insulated so it is still cold in there. There is an old metal barrel in the shed that was designed to heat the shed. We will see if it actually works. Its all an experiment.

Haybale Technique Was Successful and Easy To Maintain

We dug the one beautiful lavender in this hay bale out by gently pulling away the hay until we got to the roots. Its huge and it may not survive its transplant to a huge tub. Even if only some of it survives the move, I will have a starter plant in Spring.

The haybale garden worked beautifully with lots of abundant tomatoes and squash. I never had to weed or lose plants to little critters like rabbits or chipmunks. The Haybale technique saves your back, time, and really works well.  Then when the season is over, you have great mulch to spread around your trees and plants. The only problem is that next year we will have to buy the straw in Fallon which is two hours away. They don't sell it locally here. You must use fresh straw bales each season. The only thing that did not have much was the cucumber. I have not done well with those.

 Cold Frame from Free Windows

We were given two huge windows and we built a cold frame around one of the huge tomato plants planted out in one of the hay bales. The other two are two massive to cover. I will let you know how that works. I am hoping it extends our tomoto crop until Nov at least. There are at least 30 green tomatoes on the vine yet.

Closing for now.....great to be online again and getting back to writing. Have a great day and week!

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

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