Maintenance of plants and greenhouses
At the beginning of the month, especially in the north and in mountain areas, the first lasting frosts will occur, especially at night. It is important to mobilize early to avoid damage to irrigation systems. So let's remember to empty the plastic pipes and store them in a sheltered room. It is also important to close shut off the flow of water to the external taps and empty them carefully. To protect the metal parts and the gaskets, cover them with insulating material.
If we have greenhouses or tunnels, it is essential to check their stability: the snow can put them to the test. First let's test the ribs: they must be well locked in the ground and properly connected to each other. It is also good to check the condition of the plastic: if it is old and torn it will have to be replaced. In the event of heavy snowfall it is good to unload the blanket as soon as possible.
In the garden
In the fields there may still be plants: it is possible that green manure crops (facelia, mustard) are ready to be incorporated on the ground: if this is not frozen (in the center and in the south of the peninsula) we can make a dig, incorporating simultaneously dell'ammendante. If we have a wood stove, remember not to throw ash away: it is an excellent fertilizer, rich in calcium, phosphorus and potassium. Let's add it immediately where there will be demanding vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, melons and pumpkins.
However, there may still be quite cold-resistant vegetables: cauliflower, carrots, leeks, parsnips, spinach, celeriac. If frosts are expected, we recommend covering the area with one or more layers of non-woven fabric: the damage will not be excessive. If we have it we can also use vegetable waste such as healthy leaves or straw.