It’s been a bit warmer during the daytime for the past couple of days, but at night it’s still been freezing!
Early in the week, I got a bit freaked out about my balcony garden, remembering that a couple years ago some of my plants literally froze – we managed to revive most of them, but some of them never made it. I was determined not to let that happen again, especially since I’m looking forward to eating many of these plants.
So I asked for advice from my girlfriend’s mom, who has a lot of experience with urban gardening. There are of course the typical options, like covering plants with sheets, or sealing off the balcony opening with thick plastic or a blanket. But she also offered up a suggestion I’d never heard of or thought of – stringing up Christmas lights around the plants. The lights emit just enough heat to keep the plants from freezing.
Although I’m sure this wouldn’t work in colder climates, it seems to be working well in Oakland. My plants look just as happy and healthy as ever – plus, my balcony now glows: