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Colder Weather Approaching

 A View of The Delaware Wap Gap Pennsylvania

A View Of The Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania 

My residence isn’t far from the Delaware Water Gap, here in Pennsylvania, and recent days have been considerably colder, particularly at night. Some days have been in the low 60s. A few days ago the temperature at night was under 30 degrees, and my pepper plants, which had been holding on, all went under. I cut them at ground level and placed the plants in the compost pile. The roots will remain to start decomposing. Next year I plan to have at least twelve plants. They all produced well and I plan to obtain newly started ones from the same source next spring. 

  parsley remains alive after freezing temperatures 

Parsley Remains Alive After Freezing Temperatures 

My parsley continues to grow and seems to have survived the recent freezing overnight temperatures. I’ll leave it as long as it’s still growing but eventually will compost it. 

  several varieties of lettuce growing well under hoops 

Several Varieties of Lettuce are Growing Well Under Hoops 

Thus far I’ve had good fortune with my lettuce under the one hoop cover. I’ve done nothing but water it, keep an eye on it, and harvest it. Some days I’ll open the cover if the temperature is warm, but recently I’ve kept it closed. Before planting, I had turned the soil and fertilized it, so I had expected the seeds to germinate. But since I’m new at this, I didn’t know what growth to expect—I’m very pleased. 

  mizuna under the hoop 

Mizuna Under the Hoop 

Mizuna, an Asian green with a sweetish, peppery flavor, is a favorite of mine and I am hoping for a good harvest, but thus far I’m not very encouraged. It may be that Mizuna may not like cool temperatures, as the plants are growing, but slowly. 

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