This far north we can grow plants such as bananas, paw paws, and mangos.
|Bananas picked at the start of August|
But what I am talking about is a completely white backyard with ice crystals on the plants. These next 4 photos were taken at the end of July.
|The wheel barrow track left in the frost after feed hay to the cows.|
|Ice crystals on the brassicas|
|Jessie is not worried about the frost as long as she |
can play with her road cone toy
There are of course things we can do to protect from frost damage for the short period of time that it is an issue, and at this stage the mango is only young so will hopefully be a bit tougher when it is a bit older. The bananas and paw paws do take a bit of a battering from the frost but are quick to recover and are a quick plant to re-establish.
So with these cool temperatures in mind I raised a range of brassica seedlings so that we would be able to grow winter vegetables. And grow they did. I planted them into my experimental garden bed back at the end of May and they are strong and healthy.
So am I fighting nature? Do I give up on trying to grow cool climate brassicas?
If all else fails does anyone have any recipes to use the leaves?
Or did I just grow a crop of chicken food?