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Hey Grand Lakers! I think we are finally getting weather that matches the season.

It is a little strange that we still have some autumn color on the trees and it is December.

And a beautiful autumn we ended up having, inspite of the weird fall weather, so why not enjoy the end of the fall colors while picking out the perfect Christmas tree?

From deciduous trees to evergreens, all at the same time.

So with predictions of 15 degrees this week, it’s really beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

This week we hit the coldest temperatures since January, so winter is setting in.

So how cold can winter crops stand?

Let’s start with broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, lettuce, onion, radish and turnips.

First let me say that if these crops had been growing in a warm climate and then temps dropped to 22, it would kill the plants.

But if these crops were already used to the colder temperatures, which ours are, they would likely survive temps in the 22-31 degree range with just a little foliage burn.

The real hardy group are beets, Brussel sprouts, carrots, collard greens, kale, parsley and spinach.

The green carrot tops can tolerate temps as low as 18 degrees and the roots even colder.

They can be planted in late summer and then harvested throughout the winter.

Brussel sprouts actually get sweeter with the colder temperatures.

And who would have thought spinach was such a tough plant, keeping in mind the crinkly leaf spinach does better than the smooth leaf.

So if you have some of these crops in the ground, we should be able to survive this week.

I will probably cover some of mine just to be safe. If you don’t have a winter garden going, take a break and enjoy the earth from inside! Diana