It was 10 degrees last night. Absolutely freezing. And that has been pretty standard for the last week.
Before it went to single digits, I wanted to clear the garden of as many greens as I could. I knew the plants left in the garden are cold-tolerant and hearty...but HOW cold tolerant and HOW hearty was the question.
I brought in laundry baskets full of collards and swiss chard. Bowls and bowls of kale. An old enamel baby bathtub full of beets. A vase full of Italian leaf parsley. And I brought in the half-frozen rosemary to overwinter in the living room.
Judah, rainbow boy, helped me in between beginning his own soggy squash, flowered broccoli and half-rotten watermelon garden. Next year when melons, squash and broccoli appear in between the cucumbers and tomatoes, I'll remember the boy who braved the cold to be with me.
In the meantime- the swiss chard, kale and collards seem unaffected by the cold. This may not be the last harvest after all.