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Weathering the cold 
Jan. 30, 2009 7:43 am 
Updated: Jan. 30, 2009 1:51 pm
It isn't easy to weather freezing temperatures. In other climes, gardeners build cold frames and plant in containers to move into greenhouses. With school hours, we just haven't done that. Instead the nights that temps dip below freezing Gus, Andy and I cover the gardens and pray. The last few weeks have seen us covering a lot with a material called frostproof. This lighweight cover reminds me of pellon in sewing uses. It takes about an hour to get them sorted out, laid out and bricked down. The next morning we fold them back and either hang them to dry or get them off the plants so they can absorb the sun and stretch. Later in the day we take down the sheets and fold. Time consuming, but worth the effort for our small CSA. This week's delivery was 15.3 lbs. of produce per basket. Go GREENS go!
Merlot lettuce
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Savoy cabbage
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Jan. 30, 2009 1:51 pm
I lost the tops of my tomato plants out here in AZ the last time it got cold. I just cut them off and they are producing loads of fruit. I covered the rest of the garden and it worked great.
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My husband and friend own a small Community Supported Agriculture business in North Florida near Tallahassee. I work as a director for a before and after school program at a charter school in Tallahassee as well. We are involved in old time music and dance communities.
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I like to cook seasonally and fresh. We eat meat that is locally grown and fruits as they come in, but mostly our garden and freezer provide the majority of our food.
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Being together in the kitchen. It doesn't matter what we are cooking.
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I won a prize at the state fair for my perserves.
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Once I made a lazagna that even the dogs wouldn't eat.
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