So here we are. The buds are softening and swelling - a sure sign that the winter dormancy phase is coming to an end. The sun has been shining - mostly. The daytime temps have been warm - as high as 80 degrees. And the night temps have been low. Put it all together and you get FROST SEASON!!
We still monitor the temperature using the "old" method. Basically a wire runs underground from a low point on the marsh to our bedroom. That's where the alarm is.
|Frost alarm station. Setting it up for frost season.|
|Warren sets out the thermometer houses.|
|Checking the temperature reading for accuracy.|
|Our kids don't know it any other way. When there's work to do, they get involved. Maria keeps the ATV seat warm and watches daddy put out thermometers.|
|Placing another thermometer. The ramp makes it easy to check the thermometers at night. Falling in the cold ditch is to be avoided.|
|That's a cranberry bud. Can you tell it's whitening a little in the center? That means the growing season is near and so is frost watch!|
|Pressuring up the sprinklers, making sure everything is in working order BEFORE the first night of frost.|
|Looking at the chickens, just because.|
Happy Spring to you all. May you have uninterrupted sleep and pleasant dreams.....unless you're also a cranberry grower. Then go to bed early, sleep fast, keep one eye on the alarm, and remember to put fresh batteries in your flashlight.