F Coming - Not Giving Up Yet

nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)September 13, 2011

I'm not prepared to give up just yet. It's only September 13th.

There's a frost warning, so I just covered most of my garden, until I ran out of things to cover stuff with, and put the pots in the garage.

My main flower bed is in glorious full bloom and I'll be darned if a bit of stupid F is going to burst my bubble yet. According to my calculations, I have at least 3 more weeks!

Anyone else? Will you be covering your garden or just letting it go? I need to look for the discussion we had about this last year to check the date.......

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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I put most of my containers into the shed and we covered the tomatoes and the pumpkin this evening. There's no way i can cover some of the flower beds, so what's there will have to fend for themselves. It's too bad - the cleome and the cosmos are gorgeous at the moment. Most of the petunias look so awful right now that a bit of f**** might do them good! LOL But, yeah, the weather is supposed to get better by the weekend, so it's worth saving things, i guess.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 10:45PM
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Pudge 2b

I covered the Sungold tomatoes, mom's butternut squash patch, my single Zucchini plant and all the containers. I picked off all the corn and the big tomatoes. I don't doubt that we will get frost tonight, it's really cold out there, clear and calm.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 10:59PM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

I just checked the post from last year and I covered things on September 16, 17, and 18.

Shazam reported snow on the night of the 16th, twrosz had a hard killing frost the same night, and Konrad was going to get -8 the night of the 17th.

Dare I say we can't possibly have another disappointing growing season next year again?

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 11:08PM
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twrosz

Forecasters were calling for frost north and east of Edmonton, though it's pretty nippy here west of the city... at 10:45 pm and in a lower lying area of my yard, the thermometer is reading only +3C ... I hadn't checked the higher ground where the veggies are, though we did cover the cucs, tomatoes and peppers, I doubt it will freeze hard enough to hurt the corn being in the husk. But, unless, clouds come up or the wind begins to blow, I think the ground will be white in the morning ... summer is just too short eh!

Terrance

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 12:50AM
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DrHorticulture_(Z3 Central Saskatchewan)

I think this growing season was pretty good, especially when compared to 2009 and 2010, and our first fall frost is typically September 15th anyway...

I covered the toms, eggplants and peppers. I'm not even sure if it will be enough against what seems to be a hard frost developing. I'm sick of zucchini so I "let them go". Sorry, zucchini. That leaves just the chard, spinach and chinese cabbage which should be fine for another month or so.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 12:51AM
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shazam_z3

No frost in Calgary this week. It's cloudy though, but not raining. I wish it was though, we could use the moisture.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 2:53AM
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don555(3a)

I'm watching things... it was 4.4 degrees at midnight, with a 15-20 km/hr breeze. Unless the wind dies, I don't see much point covering anything, since the cold will blow through the sheets anyway. It's only my blackberries and hot peppers I would cover, I think pumpkins and squash can take -2 to -4 before any damage to the fruit (and I've picked some of the ripe jack-o-lantern and pie pumpkins already anyway). I've eaten so many millions of zucchini already that I'll be glad to see them end! Didn't grow tomatoes this year, or corn, because of lousy success with them last year.

I wouldn't really mind frost now, time to switch to garden clean-up, preparation for winter, and to start some indoor plants under grow lights... the first of my winter indoor hot pepper plants is coming up today! Now I need to plant herbs for under the lights, plus await the other hot pepper seeds I ordered this week for my winter garden!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 3:34AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

It was windy here all night so it didn't freeze, but this morning it's +2 with a windchill of -2. How about that? Windchill!

The past few years, we've had long falls and i've enjoyed that - it extends a few things in the garden and gives a person time to accomplish what you want to get done in the fall. And the longer we go without s***, the better i like it!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 8:31AM
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Collin001

I keep a thermometer in the shade for this purpose. It read -6c this morning. Time to pull.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 3:10PM
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Pudge 2b

The cucs, tomatoes and squash (leaves) all froze, even under the covers. Corn stalks which were not covered (but also no cobs left on them) also froze. Flowers are still okay

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 7:29PM
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twrosz

Some cloud had rolled in about 1:30 am and for the most part frost was averted, only the very slightest touch could be detected upon the most sensitive of plants. Things are still looking great here and I certainly don't mind squeaking out a few more weeks if possible ...

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 11:31PM
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Ginny McLean_Petite_Garden

No frost here in town. Tomatoes are still exposed and still look great. I picked about 4 ripe ones today and a couple handfulls of cherry ones.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 11:37PM
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bdgardener(3 AB)

I'm not giving up yet either. I had a hard frost Aug 15th if you remember. Had some more last week and might get some tonight. Picked the biggest of the outside tomatoes. They are in the basement (roma's for salsa). Covered the rest along with the cucs and zucs. Beans have already been pulled. At this point in the year I cover and don't even bother uncovering. Tomatoes in the greenhouse will be ok for awhile yet. Suppose to get some good weather next week. Sure hope so, I still have tonnes of work to get done. C

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 5:20PM
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montana_rose

We had heavy frost both Tuesday and Wednesday night (thanks, Canada!). I couldn't cover everything so lost some, but most looked ok early this morning. Rather surprising to me what went down and what survived. Cosmos and some Asters froze but around 20 begonias did not seem any worse for wear. Who knows?

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 6:12PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

We were away overnight and just got back. Judging from the look of the cleome and the nicandra, i'm afraid to check the tomatoes. :-/

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 10:12PM
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marricgardens

We had that crappy white stuff yesterday. It didn't stick around tho. Hopefully it will get warmer so my last 2 daylilies can have a chance to flower. May May has 7 buds but Blackberry Candy, who is doing the best job of flowering ever, has over 20 blooms on a new scape and there's another scape staring. Marg

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 8:35AM
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Ginny McLean_Petite_Garden

+12 right now and we had some rain over night. It is warm in the house even with windows open so maybe we will hold this trend for a couple more weeks. :) So sorry others are getting frost .

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 9:02AM
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shazam_z3

So apparently it's going to be quite warm next week. Sure beats last year this time.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 5:46PM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

For those of you who have used, or are thinking of using Agribon.....

One layer of it didn't completely save my zinnias. Parts of them were a little tinged. Plus, the tomato leaves are rather wilty. It suppposedly went down to -4 the other night. The zinnias under the light flannel sheet were a little tinged, too.

The Agribon is really easy to use though, so I'd just double it next time =:)

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 6:26PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Only the leaves on our tomatoes were singed, but the annuals that i didn't cover, like cleome and cosmos - toast. :(

    Bookmark   September 16, 2011 at 10:08PM
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