|Straw Bale Frame 2/20/11|
Last fall, Emily and I put the bales around some existing plants in her garden, and moved some others. An instant cold frame. Unlike her Pop who worries and coddles and tries to insulate his veggies, Emily ignored her charges over the cold winter. She was shocked and pleasantly rewarded to see beautiful Swiss Chard and various lettuces happily growing through the hard winter. Em, as I suggested yesterday, things could use a little water.
The conclusion I make is that these veggies are far hardier than we expect. Given just a little protection from the Winds of Winter, they will reward you with some wonderful winter greens. I should have tried one bed uninsulated to see what would have happened. Call me chicken. Faced with the same conditions next year, I will put the extra plastic layer inside. Simple to do and remove, a little insurance for my veggies. Maybe I won't awake at night to worry about my veggies.
So I have a question. Having read about the adventures of many of our Australian or New Zealand bloggers keeping chooks instead of chickens, I wonder if the phrase there is "Call me chook"?