I do not ordinarily do anything out of the ordinary to keep my plants from succumbing to freezes – I prefer to “experiment” and observe which ones make it through light and hard freezes and which do not.
Prior to the first hard freeze, in early December, I had harvested most of my red mustard, green mustard, and broccoli raab. Good thing – they did not survive the hard freeze. Here’s a look at my mustard after the freeze.
Only the chard managed to come back (but then, chard is VERY resilient). Also weathering the freeze was the sorrel, as well as my radiccio. Of course, the kale made it through (although I’d mulched it just in case), and carrots.
I must say, we urban chicken wranglers do get attached to our chickens. Especially if we have raised them from mere day-old chicks. I had what could only be a “mom moment” a couple of weeks ago. I had tossed out to the hens some broccoli that had been in the refrigerator a bit too long. As these 3-year olds attacked the broccoli, I had a flashback to when they were mere chicks and were attacking a broccoli floret I had given them.
So here’s the first picture, taken in early 2014:
That’s Mav (for Mavriki), Rosie (Nosie Rosie) and Ginger (Georgia Ginger) going at the broccoli pecking away.
Now let’s look at them in January 2017….. Mav and Aurie (Ameracauna – she was outside the previous picture) as well as Ginger heading for the broccoli. The gray lady is Winnie, another Ameracauna who is almost a year older. I got her as a laying hen.