Here in Iowa it is generally accepted that the last freeze day each year occurs on May 15. After that date there should be no nights where the temperature drops below 32 degrees or any hard frosts occur. Or so I thought. In actuality the May 15 date means there is only a 10% chance of a freeze after that date according to the Iowa State University’s Department of Horticulture. This year we rolled snake-eyes and were warned of an impending frost on the night of the 16th. We had just finished planting all of our tomato and pepper plants the prior week, and our onions and lettuce have already begun sprouting. It looked like it all would be lost.
We didn’t get the warning until watching the 10 o’clock local news, so it was already pitch black outside. Of course the gardens are in an area where the porch light doesn’t even come close to illuminating. Our only hope is to get outside and cover the plants with towels so the frost wouldn’t land on them.
Last June we told you about a headlight solution from Energizer, but who knows where it is now. Holding a regular flashlight while you’re trying to gently spread coverings over delicate plants was not an option. Fortunately we had recently received a new headlamp from Northbound Train. Talk about great timing!
As you can plainly see, our lettuce is young and hardly larger than a clover. But losing them would means 2-3 weeks of delay and probably much less yield if we get a hot spell.
One drawback to all headlamps (in my opinion) is you can look silly wearing them. Like this aptly-named version from Northbound Train, you look a lot like a train conductor or even an oncoming train. Hubby wasn’t amused by this revelation. Nor was he by the fact we were ‘gardening’ at 11 o’clock at night.
But since he had a headlight on, covering the lettuce (and the other plants) only took a few minutes. I’m sure it would have been quicker had I helped and not been focused on documenting the ordeal!
Let’s face it. Holding a flashlight makes you 50% less efficient at anything you do that needs illumination. Even though we have an Energizer model (somewhere), I must say we completely prefer this one from Northbound Train. They have the design right – and here’s why:
- The strap is attached in a manner that doubles as a cushion against your forehead.
- Not only does it have two light settings, along with a red ‘night vision’, you can dim it by holding down the button, giving you unlimited brightness settings!
- THEY INCLUDE BATTERIES! And not some cheap-o Chinese batteries. Brand new Energizer AAA batteries! Three of them!
- Price – it actually comes in a bit cheaper than the Energizer brand retails for at Walmart. And for a limited time with this custom coupon code ( SAHMDEAL ), you can save an additional 30% at Amazon!
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