Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Not Ready to Let Go


   What a rude awakening last week and it wasn't even that cold. Watching some of our crew shivering, was a good reminder that we need to acclimatize to the changing seasons just like our crops.

 
   Whilst we are making preparations for the winter, the current forecast isn't making us pull the trigger just yet on covering the houses. Except, that is, on a few of the propagation houses. Those couple of cool nights made us jump.

 
 
   Newly potted plants are set down can to can in a bed configuration that allows us to set up mini houses over the top of them. Younger crops with smaller head sizes are being put can to can, having been spaced for the summer and now awaiting the houses that will be erected over them.

 

    There are some sideboards at the base of some houses to replace. Supplies of plastic, lath and staples have been purchased. Equipment like air compressors and staple guns will be serviced so they are ready to go.

 
    So, I'm not ready to give up on the nice weather yet. And, I'll have to be dragged unwillingly into the winter. But, like it or not, those freezing temperatures are just around the corner. The best that we can do is to be prepared. And, be ready to go like heck when the time comes.


By Jonathan McCombie, Grower, Loma Vista Nursery

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