It finally happened. Our first freeze was predicted and we had to harvest the rest of the fragile vegetables. Luckily there are a few vegetables that can handle a light freeze and one of them is carrots. We had 1-1/2 rows of carrots left that can withstand a drop in temperature down to 28 degrees if it’s not for too long.
We have never tried protective covering before so we took our first stab at a low tunnel. We invested in a pole bender, dug them into the ground and covered with a frost resistant agricultural fabric. It’s a little awkward setting it up but we found it successful all the way into November.
A longer ground frost was projected so we had to dig them all up and store for winter. Some were frozen but a lot of them went to the chickens. After seeing such great results we decided we will use low tunnels more next year not just to extend the life of the root vegetables in the fall but to hopefully allow us to plant tomatoes and peppers earlier with frost protection.
In a short season region anything we can do to extend our growing season to make our customers happier is worth the work.