Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Frost-fighting fan in a tea field

This photo, taken in the orchard of one of our tea artisans, shows a fan that protects the leaves from frost.

The fans rotate slowly, generating only a slight breeze, but that is enough to stop frost from forming on budding leaves.

This is especially important in early spring, when the daytime warmth wakes the plants from their winter slumber, but temperatures can still drop low enough for frost to form in the wee hours.

—Mellow Monk

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