Winter has arrived a month early here in southeast Pennsylvania. Nights dipping down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit, wind chills, and now a covering of snow this morning. The broccoli raab just looked plain sad this morning when I pulled my car into a parking spot at Pathway. I have not glanced under the floating row cover which hid the one remaining bed of lettuce. The two other beds were harvested at the beginning of this week and has found its way to the homes of my colleagues.
And that may be one of the saddest aspects of this seasonal change here in zone 6. My students love to go about the campus of Pathway and sell our veggies. One day I asked a student why he wanted to be part of the selling team. He answered, "People smile at me when I walk into the room."
We may or we may not have some lettuce to sell. Here is how our spring crop looked as I sit hoping for one more harvest before springtime, 2009. Who doesn't need some more smiles?
Driving home late Saturday night, I saw temperature signs that ranged from 20 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Can't say I had a bunch of hope as I walked down to the garden with a student, but I had some. Lettuce is hardyy and it was covered. So I am glad to report that we had one last harvest, but as of now the garden is done producing for 2008.