What went on under that gossamer thin white cloth is another miracle. This morning I ventured out, pulled back the cloth, and there were the sprouting broccoli and cauliflower plants, looking completely untroubled and still slowly growing and producing in spite of the weather turmoil they had faced. The beets too look just fine, even though they've been out in the open, completely exposed to the elements.
Unbelievable how quickly they can get to work on any of the cabbage family! The cloth also keeps the bad weather out, as you can see, and even raises the temp a couple of degrees. You can get various thicknesses of it. It's easy to arrange over your plants, and you need no pesticides for the growing season. The rain filters through it, so it even reduces your watering.
It's truly coming home to me now, as I look at lettuce in the supermarket on sale for $3.49. Wow! Guess I'll be pulling out all the stops to use lettuce-less salads, until my own can be used again. Just about time to start my tiny tomatoes too, the ones that lasted all summer and into the fall.
My sunroom and raised beds truly give me so much more than the means to grow and harvest our own food of various types. They fill my heart and spirit with a daily sense of thankfulness and fascinated joy. I know this is something only gardeners love, so please forgive me, the nons!
Doing the count down with the short, dark days now. The winter solstice is within believable range.
Wishing you a wonderful joyous week ahead.