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Odds for surviving this weather?

Post  Noie on 3/1/2012, 6:09 pm

This has to be the craziest March weather since I've moved here. Snow in the mornings, 50 degrees and sunny in the afternoon. Well, my outside plantlings (I'm refusing to count them as plants until they have real leaves Razz) are under 6mil clear plastic and I've been giving them a hot water bottle on the really cold nights. But the wind, rain, and ice are fighting me on keeping them cozy. I have snap peas, radishes, lettuce, and pak choy out there. They've been doused with ice water at least once and one radish blew away. Think they have any chance of surviving? Or should I plan on planting some spares?

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Re: Odds for surviving this weather?

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/1/2012, 6:15 pm

I've lived here all my life. I've seen this before. As long as they do not drown they will be fine ....even without a hot water bottle. (you sound like a good green mommy....but be careful with the bottle, you can encourage them to tenderness that cannot survive the cold). Everything you mentioned adapts well to the Pacific North Wet.

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Post  Noie on 3/1/2012, 6:27 pm

I've only been up here about 6 years. It's a bit different than the Arizona desert. Cool

Hurray for surviving! Especially without the water bottle. I've done it twice and I already see myself being too lazy to keep it up. Time for those little gals to toughen up! Laughing

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Post  curio on 3/1/2012, 7:00 pm

I too think you're plantlings will do ok without the water bottle, as long as you cover them overnight or if it's snowing/sleeting or otherwise nasty weather. Once they are a little bigger, it will be safe to uncover them at night, but in the meantime, I'd uncover them on nice days once the sun is up and then recover them before the sun goes down.

Welcome to our great part of the country. Gardening here can be a challenge (compared to other climes) but if done correctly, we can grow 9-10 months a year with no problems (if you select the right plants for the season).

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Post  gwennifer on 3/1/2012, 7:04 pm

It's only the first day of March, but this seems like typical spring weather around here to me. I'll have to look up Independence, OR - my PNW geography is getting better as I meet more forum members. Smile

My 2nd child was born April 15th and it snowed here a few days after she was born. That's the latest I ever remember getting snow here. My 3rd was born November 19th and it snowed just a few days after he was born. That's the earliest I ever remember getting snow here.

I am annoyed that I didn't end up making the hoops and having a cover for my SFG. I don't think my peas will make it and my overwintered cauliflower probably wishes it hadn't come out of hibernation after the past few nasty days.

Oh I know what I was going to say - I moved here from Arizona as well. I like to think of myself as Goldilocks: Anchorage, AK - too cold, Phoenix, AZ - too hot, Vancouver, WA - just right. Laughing

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Post  Furbalsmom on 3/1/2012, 7:51 pm

Typical PNW weather, wait an hour and it will change again. Right now it is sunny and 50 degrees (on my thermometer, not the weather station, but the sun is lower and the temp is dropping.

Here on the coast we are fortunate if we have two snow events each winter (usually just a skiff, though we did have 3 inches or so Thanksgiving 2010, when I was visiting on the East Coast. The Ranger at our park sent me a photo by phone.) Mostly we have hail, rain and wind.

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