I'm right there with you.
A couple of weeks ago, we had temperatures plunge into the well-below-zero region and the water supply line to my washing machine froze. I ran to Home Depot and picked up a heating cable and some insulation tubes in order to remedy that situation. Of course, I forgot the heat-safe tape, so by the time I got everything installed we had a 40-degree day and the pipes thawed on their own. A major lesson I learned in this case was to open the heating cable instructions in the parking lot (after I made my purchase) to find out if I had all of the components necessary to install the cable in the first place. I also kept the faucets open at a trickle, and kept the washer on so that when things did thaw, there wouldn't be a buildup in pressure.
I did get outside on that 40 degree day to plant garlic in my frozen raised beds. I simply laid garlic cloves on the frozen soil and covered it with about 4 inches of topsoil that I stocked up on at the end of summer.
|German Butterball & Rose Finn Apple fingerlings|
I'm pretty happy with the fact that my Brown Turkey fig has suddenly gone wild and is sprouting leaves like mad. I brought it in before our last frost and all of its leaves promptly fell off. It didn't look like it was going to make it. I added some azomite and greensand to the soil, watered it a couple of times and left it under the grow lights. Apparently, that did the trick and I'm hoping to maybe have a figlet at some point. Fingers crossed.
Next month will usher in seed starting on a larger scale, most notably getting the onion seeds sprouted and I'm going to try my hand at growing them inside, in a container like this:
|from Auntie Dogma's Garden Spot|