Well, I just have have to brag on Chef and his creativity! With the frost coming, we finally had a garden in with transplants and seedlings. Plus, a lot of baby fruit trees around the property that we got at Heathcote's annual plant sale. What to do? Clearly, we covered all the freestanding plants, but what about the garden? Turns out a great solution was as close as our dryer! The garden is off our laundry room, so Chef covered it with a large tarp. Then he purchased some more dryer vent hose and ran it underneath the tarp. We did laundry every cold night and dried it. When we opened up the garden, after the threat of frost had passed, all was saved! It was warm underneath, there was condensation on the underside of the tarp, and there was even a large group of insects seeking refuge.
A word about laundry: yes, when we had more time on our hands we dried clothes on the line. In fact, we still do that on weekends. But, since opening the restaurant, we have precious little time at home. I'm embarrassed to tell you exactly how much time we spend working! So, since we have to use the dryer to keep ourselves in clothes, we at least put it to double use. And we hope that the greenness of our other choices helps offset the use of the dryer. Striving to do our best for all, consciously.