No, the picture above is not some weird garden experiment gone wrong....it's our attempt to hold on to a few warm weather crops for a few more weeks. Last night Dylan had me pull out (literally) every sheet, curtain, tablecloth and small blanket we own (luckily, he didn't think the pillow cases would work....). We went out at dusk and covered as many tomato plants, squash plants and green beans that we could.
Our 9 year old son, Kade, said it looked like a train. I was kind of thinking to myself that it looked like a circus parade of misshapen elephants covered in mismatched blankets. Either way, it worked, for the most part.
The plants we covered were saved. It was very evident that we would have lost almost everything (warm weather) had we not covered them. The plants that weren't covered were damaged beyond repair.
Luckily, we salvaged enough to keep going with warm weather produce, at least until the next frost!
The funny thing is that when you're out at dusk covering plants with sheets, you don't think about what it's going to look like the next morning. I compared it to hanging your underwear out on the clothesline to dry....or making a huge mess at a camp site and waking up to realize everyone else was seeing your mess from the night before. Pretty comical. Luckily, Dylan was out right after day break to clean it all up and check out the damage.
Maybe next year we'll try floating row covers...but in the meantime, enjoy your tomatoes!! :)
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )