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Rookie gardener mistake !!

Post  bruno on March 23rd 2015, 9:57 am

Ok so i have had plenty of small scale gardens before but this one is about 100' x 50' and i believe i planted to early .... Looks like Thursday temps will get down to around 34-35. Anything i should do or did i just screw up. half is seed and the other are baby plantings??
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Re: Rookie gardener mistake !!

Post  maverick on March 23rd 2015, 10:00 am

The ground is already pretty warm. I figure it'll survive if the temp doesn't fall much lower than predicted.

Florida growers run sprinklers during light freezes.
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Re: Rookie gardener mistake !!

Post  Doug Rahn on March 23rd 2015, 10:19 am

How long are the low temps expected to last? A covered frame works great but with a garden that big it could be very expensive. A lightweight mulch cover like pine straw would be your best bet.
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Post  butterbean on March 23rd 2015, 11:09 am

I would water it before you go to bed and if you can get some straw to cover it with that would help too!!!!! good luck
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Post  69F100 on March 23rd 2015, 12:09 pm

As long as it don't get down any lower and don't last more than a few hours you should be fine it might stun but shouldn't kill it.
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Re: Rookie gardener mistake !!

Post  bruno on March 23rd 2015, 12:47 pm

Doug Rahn wrote:How long are the low temps expected to last? A covered frame works great but with a garden that big it could be very expensive. A lightweight mulch cover like pine straw would be your best bet.

if i had to guess about 10-12 hrs
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Post  cool40 on March 23rd 2015, 2:01 pm

Depending on how big the plants are,we always used old milk jugs to cover little stuff. Cut the bottom out and cover it till the next day. It should be ok if you don't get any frost. sunny
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Post  res0rli9 on March 23rd 2015, 4:05 pm

10-12hrs. I think your going to lose it unless you put out heaters and thin still ifeeeee.
down here anything over 4hrs is usually gone.Sad

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Post  bruno on March 23rd 2015, 4:18 pm

looks like Saturday's forecast is going to be even worse ...oh well
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Post  dfree383 on March 23rd 2015, 4:20 pm

Cover it with plastic
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Post  racnrick on March 23rd 2015, 8:56 pm

dfree383 wrote:Cover it with plastic
Do want Dave says, then have a few Bruno drinks, drunken  then go out and sit under the plastic and do what you do best,,,, tell all your plants how fast your new car is going to be, and how your going to whoop everyone's a$$ at the next bash! There won't be a chance in hell  that they will freeze with all that hot air. lol! Very Happy

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Post  DeepRoots on March 23rd 2015, 9:29 pm

In the future if you want an early crop a floating row cover is awesome.
We used to use one called "Remay" I think? We'd cover by hand 10 acres of tomatoes and peppers every night aiming for an early/late crop when we were market farming for the NYC greenmarket.

Running the sprinklers does indeed work as well.

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Post  bruno on March 23rd 2015, 9:47 pm

racnrick wrote:
dfree383 wrote:Cover it with plastic
Do want Dave says, then have a few Bruno drinks, drunken  then go out and sit under the plastic and do what you do best,,,, tell all your plants how fast your new car is going to be, and how your going to whoop everyone's a$$ at the next bash! There won't be a chance in hell  that they will freeze with all that hot air. lol! Very Happy

Lmao ...I about pissed my pants !!!!
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Re: Rookie gardener mistake !!

Post  res0rli9 on March 23rd 2015, 10:26 pm

Just go Dig them all back up and put them in your House until the freezeee is over.

Easy Fix..... But You better get out there Now and get it Done.

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Post  dr's wife racing on March 25th 2015, 11:07 am

Just replant in a couple weeks LOL works every time!
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Post  KY JELLY on March 26th 2015, 2:46 pm

Gather up some dead leaves out of the woods nearby in a garbage bag and cover the plants rake them off the plants after the frost threat is gone and let them rot .Maple leaves are best .
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Post  jones on March 26th 2015, 10:56 pm

We always water before a freeze. That way the water will freeze on the out side of the plant and insulate the plant. That keeps the moisture in the plants from freezing.

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Post  69F100 on March 26th 2015, 11:43 pm

jones wrote:We always water before a freeze. That way the water will freeze on the out side of the plant and insulate the plant. That keeps the moisture in the plants from freezing.

That what they do here on strawberry plants I have seen them with a sheet of ice over them.
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Post  gmsmkr on March 27th 2015, 3:37 pm

This is great info I'm not a gardener but I too would have done the same thing I never planted a garden in my life
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Re: Rookie gardener mistake !!

Post  bruno on March 27th 2015, 4:23 pm

gmsmkr wrote:This is great info I'm not a gardener but I too would have done the same thing I never planted a garden in my life

lmao .... i smell sarcasm.....
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Post  bruno on March 29th 2015, 9:00 am

Survived !!!
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Post  gmsmkr on March 29th 2015, 9:21 am

bruno wrote:Survived !!!



sunny which method did you use
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Post  QtrWarrior on March 29th 2015, 9:32 am

gmsmkr wrote:
bruno wrote:Survived !!!



sunny  which method did you use

He used momma's bedsheets over the plants...

Now, he's in DEEEEEEEEEP Shiot.................... affraid
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Post  gmsmkr on March 29th 2015, 10:11 am

Who would a thunk...... Flannel sheets at nicks Laughing
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Post  dfree383 on March 29th 2015, 10:30 am

gmsmkr wrote:Who would a thunk...... Flannel sheets at nicks Laughing

They aren't his anymore....... He's living with the dog out back.
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