Last night just as we sat down for the evening, the weather report came on and said “frost on the plateau”  We jumped up and went out to cover the potatoes and beans.  My friend, Naomi gave me her plant covers when she died so I have five nice big one.  they covered all the plants with the help of one tarp we had before.  I slept well with out worrying about the plants.  When we got up this morning at 6 am the temperature was 44 degrees.  It was 38 in Nashville so we were warmer than they were.  That very often happens because heat rises and when there is no wind the heat from the valley rises and keeps us, here on the mountain warmer.  We removed the covers and folded them up for Tuesday, as they say it will be colder then.  We are sure it will not freeze but with the potatoes looking as good as these do we will not take any chances, if they say frost we will cover them again.  Today I tried weeding the strawberries.  There are not many strawberry plants any more and the weeds have really taken over the bed but I got it about half done.  We should get a few strawberries but if we want a short cake we will have to buy some at the farmer’s market I am sure.  We don’t use many strawberries so it isn’t worth the time and effort to keep the patch going.   Norman tilled the tomato bed and put the compost on and tilled that in along with the horse manure so that should be good when we are ready to plant tomatoes.  I hilled the beets and put on some “super rainbow” fertilizer.  They should be ready to thin those again next week.  They were so good yesterday!!  The second planting of beans are just coming up now.  Had good germination so should have a good crop if we don’t get caught by a late frost.  Have a good day

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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