You win some, you lose some

Each growing season is full of surprises. Some things grow amazingly beyond belief and other things flop. I like taking chances, planting things way before the Farmer's Almanac might suggest and see what happens. This year, I used hay bales to plant cold weather crops like lettuce, cabbage, kale and broccoli outside during a warm spell in February. Several snowstorms covered this insulated growing system, yet the veggies thrived and were ahead of other crops which were planted outside and covered with white cloths before the snows. To me, it is amazing how we can create microclimates with hay bales, an extra greenhouse panel and how even white cloth and snow can insulate lettuce from the col

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