When the weatherman says it is going to get down to 29 or 30, I don’t worry so much about covering the garden, because I live in Central Austin, surrounded by houses and structures and I think I don’t get as cold as the most dire warnings. But this time around, we are predicted to be as low as 18, and below freezing for several nights in a row.
In preparation for this big freeze, tomorrow, early afternoon (I’m waiting on the rain) if it hasn’t rained substantially, I will soak the gardens before covering them. And, where in a much lighter freeze, I’d leave the lettuce, broccoli and cabbage uncovered, I’m going to harvest the broccoli to make way for the potatoes, harvest some lettuce then cover the rest. I’m covering everything this time, onions, leeks, lettuce and strawberries.
The fruit trees that reside in pots on the patio, will be moved into the garage for the rest of the week as will the herbs on the patio.
Take some precautions, light a fire in the fireplace and make some soup, it is going to be bone chilling cold.