Sheets and piles of leaves made all the difference.
First, the radish rows.
The gaps are from where we didn’t cover them with sheets during the brutal overnight lows into the mid-teens.
I posted this picture a couple of weeks ago, right after the frosts:
Now those burned ones are almost totally dead. A few are growing back from the roots, but I don’t expect much from them.
Here are the cabbages and broccoli. Some took damage from the cold, but mostly came through, thanks to having leaves mounded over them.
You can see the burned leaves here, but the center was all covered with leaves.
If we’d had some straw that will knit together better and keep the entire plant covered, it would look even better.
The leaves work, but the wind blew off some of the cover and the frost got through.
Simple solutions are sometimes the best ones. No plastic and hoops required.
How did your citrus fare?
Almost all look great, with minor damage.
Good. I’m planting a Satsuma and the small new Meyer lemon lost its leaves but I think it will be OK also. Will protect them when they are small. I used milk jugs of warm water and changed them out nightly. I went through the same freaky freeze. Glad the sheets worked for you. I also like simple solutions. We used this time to do manual type labor while it’s cool and no mosquitoes.