Ice From A Clear Night and a Hard Freeze
Last night was winter’s first hard frost where we live in Copperopolis. The late crop of basil is frost-burned and blackened. I had to crack the ice on the birdbaths so the little brown birds could get water.
From this point, it will be the ranunculus and California poppy seedlings that may survive in our tabletop gardens. It depends how dry and cold this winter is. The perennial lemon balm will soon die down to the roots but it will still be alive under the soil, waiting for the warmth of spring to move it into growth.
Meanwhile, many residents of Calaveras and Amador Counties are still sleeping in tents on their property. The Butte Fire damage will take a long time to mend. Community programs are working to provide shelter on very cold winter nights. As we find out when and where indoor heated shelter is available, we will post the information here and at the store. Stay warm. Stay dry. Stay safe.