It was a bad night for the back yard farm.
With all the warm weather I had a great jump on lots of plants this year. That was until last night. We had a forecasted low of 39 last night, so i covered up all of my plants. I have several thousand strawberries right now along with lots of honey berries, blueberries and figs. I covered mostly everything with a layer of burlap and greenhouse plastic. I made sure to cover my beans and cowpeas extra well.
Then the big surprise....we woke up this morning to a temperature of 31 degrees. We lost about half of the strawberries, and all of the honey berries. It appears that all of the fig trees experienced tip death where all the first leaves came out. All of the tomato, pepper, squash and eggplants that were set out have died. Those I really don't mind, because I have plenty of back up plants that were still indoors. But one of the most disheartening loses last night was our potatoes. Every single potato plant, over 225, died. We were growing TPS this year, and the first 4 varieties grew so well, i picked up an additional 4 for this year. Now, we will have none of these great potatoes from Tom Wagner and It's just too late to plant anymore TPS this year. Even if we wanted to, many of the varieties are sold out for the year.
There is no telling how the blueberries took the freeze, but I am hoping they will be ok, as many informational sites say not to worry until it drops below 29 for blueberries. All of the beans, peas, lettuce, carrots ect. made it through the night just fine. Sometimes nature throws you a curve ball that you just cannot hit.