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the winter carnage

By: georgevandenberghe, 10:35 PM GMT on March 15, 2014

I went out to the rental garden today after a six week absence. I did not expect much to happen but I also expected winter hardy things to survive.

Most didn't.

The brussels sprouts were severely damaged or killed. The damage looks recent suggesting that the coup-de-grace was the warm spell two weeks ago followed by snow and intense (teens) cold. It appears that the plants had lost some hardiness. Brussels sprouts under a winter blanket (spun fiber with a plastic film center) were less damaged and made more growth. These are usable and approximately golf ball size. Other brussels sprouts are the size of grapes and some are on stems that have collapsed or rotted through. I may get one decent serving from the lot.

Spinach and carrots were both killed in exposed places. Under cover, the spinach survived. I am surprised to see spinach winterkill here.

Will upload pictures later. Overall winter killed almost everything here this season. Will try again next winter.

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