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A Sleepless Weekend

Three straight nights of worry.  A hard frost/freeze was predicted overnight for this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday…all of which means growers have had three sleepless nights, up turning on overhead irrigation to protect strawberries and wind machines to protect apples and hoping…

The calls have been coming in from all quarters this morning – 24 in low spots in Hollis, 27 for Londonderry, 26 in the Upper Valley, and oddly a balmy 34 in Conway.  There is some damage…but there is also a lot of bud survival.   The next ten days (or should I say nights) look much less ominous.  It appears we dodged a major crop loss this past weekend.

I ventured outside at 5:30 or so this morning to sense the cold…the thermometer was reading just 32 but already rising.  It was quiet as the sun worked its way up – well, quiet except for the drone of bumble bees seemingly unaffected by the cool morning and eager to work.

A honey bee works a bramble flower on a day much warmer than we have seen the past week.  Photo: W. Lord
A honey bee works a bramble flower on a day much warmer than we have seen the past week. Photo: W. Lord

Bill Lord, April 30, 2012

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Comment from Tom
Time May 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Looks like we also dodged a bullet after the dire warnings from WMUR weathermen about lower 20s temps. Never made it that low in Hillsboro and we are still waiting for the apple trees to fully bloom. The recent rain has definately helped and we are hoping for a good crop of fruit from all our trees in their 4th year.

We put out mason bee “nests” and a number of the “holes” are filled with “mud” to protect the emerging bees. Anything to attract native pollinators is a plus.

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