Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Few immediate effects from freeze

The lettuces shown in the prior post, which were hard frozen yesterday morning, showed only dead leaf edges in the afternoon after the freeze. We will wait and see whether more damage shows up later. The fava beans were bent in half the morning of the freeze, with the tops touching the ground. By the afternoon they were starting to stand up again, as you can see from this photo. Maybe the results of the first hard freeze won't be so bad, even though it came after weeks of extra warm weather.

The bees have finally disappeared into their hive for the cold days and nights. I expect to see them regularly on warm, sunny days throughout the winter. I will keep checking the weight of both hives to try and catch low stores before they lead to winter starvation.