I think there will probably be little if any fruit this year. Maybe the apples will survive the frigid cold predicted for tonight (21F), but I doubt the peaches that have already bloomed and set fruit will make it. The cherry is blooming now, and the plum, and the grapes are budding. All of them will probably be lost.
There is small comfort in the fact that a huge area of the Southeast is in this plight with us. The situation won't improve much in the coming week as the temperatures will continue to hover around freezing many nights. I believe what garden we have out will be all right. Peas, beets, carrots, onions, lettuce, radishes, potatoes, broccoli, and cabbage are all in the ground and doing well up to this point. All are cold weather crops and should be able to withstand the freezing temperatures. I hope.
On a brighter note, Larry's new hive of honeybees is doing well. We've been covering them at night and putting a small electric heater down there on these very cold nights. It's been enough so far to keep them going. I expect out electric bill will reflect this craziness but it will be worth the cost and effort if we can pull them through.
For now, I suppose we'd better get back into winter mode, get out the boots and gloves and heavy coats, and wait for Spring's second coming.
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