December 11, 2013 | I mourn the death of one who died too young.
She succumbed to harsh overnight temperatures in the backyard that proved too much for her delicate disposition.
The irony is that this type of tomato plant is called Glacier. Faux glacier it seems.
For several nights running, I have been swaddling my vegetable beds in tarps to protect them from the fierce winds and freezing temperatures.
My original plan was to secure the tarps with a single rope around the bed's waist as it were, but one night of wind revealed the folly of that plan. When I poked my nose out the next morning, one of the tarps was flapping in the wind, tethered — barely — by one corner.
Plan B was to secure the tarps by lacing rope side-to-side and over the top, anchoring it in screw hooks along the base of the planters. That has been successful.
In the face of the unusually strong winds I made one other adaptation to my vegetable beds: namely I lined the windward side of the beds - west and north - with translucent plastic panels (for ceiling lights) to block the worst of the wind while still allowing light to reach the plants.
Fortunately, while Glacier met her untimely demise, the other two tomato plants — not Glaciers — have survived and are, in fact, thriving.
I rejoice in the hardiness of Beef Master and Jetsetter and look forward to the day those perky yellow blossoms will have turned into juicy red tomatoes.
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