- If three of your children are sick, and you have not been feeling well yourself, you might leave nearly 70 tomato plants overnight in an unheated hoop house when a hard frost is predicted.
- These same tomato have survived light frosts in the prior weeks, so you might feel a false sense of security.
- If you leave nearly 70 tomato plants in an unheated hoop house during an overnight hard frost, they will die.
- The four tomatillos will survive.
- This will be little consolation.
- If hard frost is predicted for a second night, and you send your husband out to cover the tomatoes with boxes (as you should have done the first night), they will not magically come back to life.
- The roughly 30 plants indoors under the lights will be fine, but they might not be exactly the varieties you had hoped.
- It will kill you to imagine buying 10 tomato plants from the farmer’s market to make the 40 you wanted to grow.
- You will feel very lazy and foolish for not having covered the tomatoes, and not having considered more carefully which varieties you put inside/outside during your unheated hoop house experiment.
(If only all the above items were just hypotheticals…)