The next weather assault will be snow and 14 degree temperatures. I doubt the cold frame can protect the plants down to that degree of cold. Even commercial cold frame covers only state they protect 8 degrees. But they are miracles and the cold frame could use one. I have no idea what this winter will be but it is starting with some nasty weather. We can't wash away but we blow away. There are occasional 100 mile an hour winds in this area. With the strange weather patterns that could get worse. We are positioned on a hill with no protection from the winds sweeping down from the mountains. Someone before us let the trees planted as a windbreak die, so it could get pretty bad. We do get less snow than the Carson City area or Reno. We moved here because of this factor. My husband and I are not in shape for digging out from snow drifts.
On the bright side, the animal sheds are built pretty sturdy. We can add heat to the sheds if it gets that cold. I can report too that the Moringa is the laundry/greenhouse are doing well. The humidifier and heater are doing well. They are still growing slowly and they look great. So far, this is working. I have grow lights on them repositioned so they all get some needed light.
|Coldframe from the back. you open it up to pick the Swiss chard and Comfrey. You can also water it this way. The front is left closed up.|
|Comfrey in the ground under the coldframe|
|Swiss Chard and kale doing well down to 27 degrees|