Wow… Freezing weather in April.

    So it has been so nice lately that my direct plants have been popping up prolifically! It’s so exciting and so sweet to walk through your garden areas and see the fruits of your labor begin to grow!

    But like most South Carolina weather it remains completely unpredictable, and shortly after planting the first 100 strawberry plants I got from my mom who found them on Craigslist for free… The weather true to form turned mighty cold and got down to the mid twenties.

    Unfortunately, I did not prepare for this weather at all and several of my plants I had not yet put in the ground got hit really hard by the strange cold snap.

    As any gardener should be, I was somewhat discouraged, but intent I’m continuing with my gardening plan for the year. So I pulled my most precious plants back inside, pulled off the dead leaves, ask some advice, and I’m watching them carefully and hoping they survive the brutal cold I left them in.

    You can see the poor dead foliage at the bottom of my grape plants and my Kiwi Vine. Well mournful, I am confident that I rescued them in time for them to survive the cold, cold whether we had last week.

    Fortunately after the first extremely cold night, I only lost a few starts and a couple leaves on some of them. So not wanting to lose the entirety of my warmer weather crops that are not so hardy in the cold temperatures, I spread a generous layer of hay over my precious little babies.

    Well you can’t see very many of the babies in my large raised bed, the majority of them did survive. And much to my pleasant surprise, my peas and strawberries seemed delighted with the chill.

    Only time will tell whether my grape plants are lost or whether they will survive for the true warm weather to come and stick around, or whether I will have to start all over again. But I am encouraged by the research I’ve done on grape plants in that; the old growth like the stems that my new growth grew off of tend to be very difficult to kill, and it is most likely that the cold just knocked the grapevines into a dormancy period.

    Meanwhile, I will keep everyone updated on their progress and whether they live or succumb to the damage of the unusual cold snap.

    But as my hydrangea and butterfly bush are starting to recover I have confidence so will my grape plants. My potato plants however, might end up being a total loss. Fortunately those are not too costly to start over.

And as always, building a self-sustaining life is not easy (especially with wacky weather), so I hope you find the inspiration and encouragement you need in this publication to begin your journey to a healthier and more beautiful self-sustaining life.

With love,

Your Upstate Gardener/Crafter

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