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Fri Apr 8, 2016, 04:37 PM

 

Well crap, it's gonna freeze

In NC, they're predicting a hard freeze Sat. night. All of my hostas, hydrangea and other delicates are in full leaf and the bloom buds are out.

Crapcrapcrap.

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Reply Well crap, it's gonna freeze (Original post)
B2G Apr 2016 OP
alfie Apr 2016 #1
Curmudgeoness Apr 2016 #2
B2G Apr 2016 #3
NutmegYankee Apr 2016 #4
ellenrr Apr 2016 #5

Response to B2G (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 05:31 PM

1. Same here in north Georgia mountains.

I can cover my spring greens but all the trees blooming are going to be gonners. This happened a few years ago and we had a horrible apple harvest.

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Response to B2G (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 06:19 PM

2. What we always did when I was in Houston

and we were getting a freeze was 1) cover what could be covered with a sheet or 2) wet all the plants down. That is the best that I know to do.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 07:30 PM

3. Yep. Both are on my list for tomorrow.

 

I just bought 24 hosta plants earlier this week. Thank god I didn't plant them. Into the garage they go.

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Response to B2G (Original post)

Fri Apr 8, 2016, 07:44 PM

4. It's a hell of a Spring.

I'm trying to finish a new set of raised beds and it snows every damn weekend!

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Response to B2G (Original post)

Sat Apr 9, 2016, 05:35 AM

5. row covers work well to protect against freezing

http://www.gardeners.com/how-to/row-covers/5111.html

this picture shows hoops to support the row covers, but you can also drape them over plants. They are light weight, allow in air and light, but protect down to 20 below.

I've got a lot of seeds in containers (Winter Sowing). I *think* they are ok, even tho freeze is expected tonight, but to be safe, I wrapped the containers in row covers.

Yesterday I bought 6 perennials, and put them in the garden in their pots, and covered with row cover.
but now I have to put them under shelter, bec it is going to rain/snow.
and that will cause the row cover to be pressed down on the plants, which may be ok, or may not.

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