This morning we awoke to a very cold and frosty start to the day.
I arose at 6.30am, and proceeded outside to feed the chooks who were already squawking in the morning twilight. I had to crack the ice on their water bowl, so decided to give them some warm water from the tap.
Then I did a quick tour of the yard, and noticed that there was frost everywhere. This is very unusual for this area, and I have only experienced temperatures this cold about 4 years ago, and never in the 8 years before that.
The broad beans were all bent over on top and frozen,
The temperature was a lowly 0.5 degrees Celsius (32F) at 7.30am, which is when I took these photos. It got down to a low of 0.3 degrees overnight. Freaking freezing Mr Bigglesworth! Inside for a warming cup of coffee.
Hi Gav, Yes its been cold here too. Minus 5 degrees. Our brassicas are doing fine as are our berry bushes, we have raspberry canes, loganberry, blueberry and blackberry bushes which are thriving. We have recycled the kids swing set a frame and covered it with plastic to plant our potatoes, garlic and rhubarb under. We just havent had the time to get out there….i guess planting 372 Sweet Henry Peach trees are a god excuse to pass on the vegie patch for a weekend:) Sounds like your girls are spoilt rotten, we need to get more mulch for their beds so they can be more comfy:)
Gavin Webber says
Thanks for dropping by, cuz. I remember when I lived in the Riverland, and the very cold winter mornings. Jim and I used to go down to the cow yard and smash the ice in their drinking troughs. It used to be over an inch thick some mornings.
Keep up the great work on your orchard. I am envious! xox
You had a very busy day! And yep, its very cold in Sydney this winter too. We NEVER get a frost in my part of Sydney BUT, it is much colder than usual.
6:30AM on Sunday, we were still snuggled deep in the doona savouring the warmth! Didn’t venture out until the sun was up. Luxury!
Yep, down to 0C here, not far from Melbourne airport. A few of our plants were hit by the frost inculding our pepino which, co-incidentally, also has three large fruit at the moment.
If you haven’t done it yet, don’t prune the pepino. Some of the growth may still recover but even it doesn’t, if there is another frost, the outer damaged growth will protect the rest of the plant.
If you prune off the effected growth now, the newly exposed plant will be susceptable to any further frosts.
You’ve been far more productive than me this weekend, although I have managed to finally build the massive 2.4m long battery/electrical cabinet that has been sitting in bits in the garage for ages.
Lots of lovely frosty mornings here this year as well. Winter as it should be.
A busy day indeed. Here is a nice how-to link to some planters made from big plastic barrels and covered on the outside with wood to make them more attractive. You guys could no doubt use wood salvaged from shipping pallets. Check it out. http://www.instructables.com/id/Stylish-and-Low-Cost-55-Gallon-Drum-Planters/
Gavin Webber says
Thanks David. Yes not as cold as Canada, but cold enough for these parts! Then again, you don’t get 47 degree days in summer.
Thanks for the link, I have a couple of those barrels in the carport that I have been thinking of cutting up for planters. Just the right timing! Cheers.
I believe the trick to getting chickens to drink from the nipples is to put their beaks into the nipple and wet them. And remove other water. I’d keep a close eye on them though. We have the nipples too although not yet set them up for our 3 pekin bantams. My husband also had to crack the ice in their water. We’re in Spotswood and in the 4 years we’ve been here I have not ever seen it this cold.