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Freezing In Middle Georgia (so glad we did not plant in beds yet!!)

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Post  yolos on 3/29/2013, 8:47 am

Someone more experienced and from the north needs to chime in here with their opinion because we are all fairly new to this region or new to pushing the envelope on when to plant.

Last year my tomatoes stopped setting in the heat of the summer so I decided to start as early as I can this year. But when I tried to harden off my tomatoes two weeks ago, the majority of them ended up with purple on the underside of the leaves and the stems of the leaves curling. That is either a virus (tomato curly top) or a result of cold weather. So I am a little leary now of putting them out.

But I did grow extra seedlings so I might just try to plant one or two to see what happens. Although I am tired of running home after work as fast as I can to cover things at night. Then getting up before dark and uncovering them before trudging off to work.
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Post  bnoles on 3/29/2013, 9:20 am

@yolos wrote:Although I am tired of running home after work as fast as I can to cover things at night. Then getting up before dark and uncovering them before trudging off to work.

I know how you feel! For almost 2 weeks now (which seems like a lifetime) I have covered and uncovered my table top and drug my seedlings and herbs in and out of the house twice per day. I have lived in these parts since I was 16 years old and I remember the old timers always planting on Good Friday with success. Times and climates have changed since then and now I am a little hesitant with Easter coming so early this year. Part of me says roll the dice and the other part says to wait until April 12. Oh what to do??????


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Re: Freezing In Middle Georgia (so glad we did not plant in beds yet!!)

Post  HillbillyBob on 3/29/2013, 3:07 pm

@Pepper wrote:OH WELL!!! Everything in the flip tops did well; but all there is somewhat cold hardy. I did not think the taters would be hurt....wrong! Many of the leaves are now black but none of the whole plant are black! Maybe just maybe I dodged a bullet.

another plant

My tomatoes in the teepee did fairly well, some discoloration on a few branches; time will tell.

the worst one of the three damaged(of nine total), leaf near blackened and curled
pepper your potatoes got to cold,if you'll rehill them (cover then with dirt) they will come right back out without losing many if any,my did the same evan covered now the are ready to bloom

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Post  Pepper on 4/13/2013, 11:52 pm

Update on the cold burned taters:
The misses trimmed the 'burned' leaves off now several warm weeks later ....what burned leaves

Now a week later and a full tophat

I have one more trash can of MM to hill up the group I planted last(fore ground in first picture) then start adding straw to the top of the second tophat.
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Re: Freezing In Middle Georgia (so glad we did not plant in beds yet!!)

Post  bnoles on 4/14/2013, 6:11 am

WOW Pepper, things are looking good down your way. Thought about you as we traveled thru your neck of the woods while on vacation.


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Post  yolos on 4/14/2013, 9:47 am

Pepper - your potatoes are looking good. I followed your example and took out all except 4 inches of MM and planted my spuds. I have only "hilled" them once. They are not yet up to the top of the bed yet. I have not decided whether to add a top hat. I know some of them are not late variety so I may skip the top hat this year.
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Post  HillbillyBob on 4/15/2013, 8:22 am

Yolos remember potatoes grow from the tubers along the bottom of your plant,if you don't hill them all you'll grow is big plants Shocked if you hill them up good you'll get more potatoes,I hill two of three times my potatoes have already bloomed Razz Laughing so I get what's there now and no more, they will die back soon Rolling Eyes
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Post  HillbillyBob on 4/15/2013, 8:22 am

Pepper glad they made it Very Happy
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Post  Pepper on 4/15/2013, 1:57 pm

Bob it would have been nice to see yall. I was wondering if PC was your vacation spot. Next time you know you will be through here PM me we can exchange #'s and meet up.

yolos I have mine so densely planted I am afraid they will breach the ground and get sun damaged. This is the primary reason for such a large top hat; besides already having the material. After the last of the MM is used for hilling I will add pine straw;(needles) for the northern folk Laughing ;to the top to stop the sun from "greening" the skins. I will consider myself real lucky if any taters form in the straw layers. My experiment last year with "tater tires" ( or towers) did NOT work out so good.

HillbillyBob thank you; your info on growth is spot on from what I have read. I can only hope the straw 'hillings' will work for production sake.
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Post  yolos on 4/19/2013, 4:15 pm

Frost advisory for tonight for portions of North Georgia and West Cental Georgia. My low is predicted to be 37*, Peachtree City 38* and Fayetteville 41*. Fayetteville must be on the edge of the frost advisory. Now I have to decide whether to cover my tomatoes. Everything including my frost blanket is sopping wet.
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Post  B00kemdano on 4/19/2013, 4:24 pm

@yolos wrote:Frost advisory for tonight for portions of North Georgia and West Cental Georgia...

I know! Here in North Alabama, too. Sad

This weather is bananas!!!
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Post  HillbillyBob on 4/19/2013, 4:55 pm

Humm guess you better start rounding up some covering for those summer plants,a light freeze shouldn't hurt your taters much,but them other small plants need covering Rolling Eyes they are calling for 38* here,I'll cover squash and cucumbers but that's about it Rolling Eyes
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Thanks for the heads up Yolos

Post  Windmere on 4/19/2013, 5:12 pm

@yolos wrote:Frost advisory for tonight for portions of North Georgia and West Cental Georgia. My low is predicted to be 37*, Peachtree City 38* and Fayetteville 41*. Fayetteville must be on the edge of the frost advisory. Now I have to decide whether to cover my tomatoes. Everything including my frost blanket is sopping wet.

Thanks Yolos for keeping on top of the weather. I have been following it too. You're going to laugh at me... I STILL have not set up my beds. As a result, everyone is "coming out of the pool" (except lettuce). I'll be moving all the plants in very shortly (will busy later).
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Post  yolos on 4/19/2013, 5:51 pm

@Windmere wrote:
@yolos wrote:Frost advisory for tonight for portions of North Georgia and West Cental Georgia. My low is predicted to be 37*, Peachtree City 38* and Fayetteville 41*. Fayetteville must be on the edge of the frost advisory. Now I have to decide whether to cover my tomatoes. Everything including my frost blanket is sopping wet.

Thanks Yolos for keeping on top of the weather. I have been following it too. You're going to laugh at me... I STILL have not set up my beds. As a result, everyone is "coming out of the pool" (except lettuce). I'll be moving all the plants in very shortly (will busy later).

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Post  HillbillyBob on 4/20/2013, 10:59 am

well did you get or miss that frost?? I didn't get any that I can see What a Face
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Post  yolos on 4/20/2013, 12:34 pm

@HillbillyBob wrote:well did you get or miss that frost?? I didn't get any that I can see What a Face

No frost here but it did get cold. The low was between 35 - 40. I covered my tomatoes with sheets just to keep them from a setback. Planted around the perimeter of each tomato, I have marigolds and basil. The only thing affected by the cold was the basil. A few leaves turned a bit brown but did not hurt the whole plant. I will have to cover again tonight but hopefully that will be the last time. I am waiting until next weekend to plant the rest of my tomatoes. This week looks like cold nights (under 50*).

The broccoli, sweet peas and carrots are loving this weather though.
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Post  Pepper on 4/20/2013, 3:31 pm

Just a few miles south; and this river valley makes all the difference in the world( this time ). I did not have any damage that I can see.

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Post  bnoles on 4/20/2013, 4:26 pm

No frost and no damage here, but I did see a few pole bean plants looking a little on the wimpy side this morning. After a little afternoon sun they seem to be looking better. So far I consider myself one lucky rascal and have dodged a lot of bullets. If I had it to do over again, I would still plant on Good Friday like I did. Looks like I am in for some early harvesting and maybe I can beat the bugs to the dinner table Very Happy

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There isn't a freeze forecast, but....

Post  Windmere on 5/11/2013, 9:46 am

Hello all folks from Middle Georgia (and anyone else interested),

While there isn't a freeze forecast, it is expected to get down to 39 Sunday night.

Just a head's up. More crazy weather!

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Post  llama momma on 5/11/2013, 10:06 am

Cold? Yes! The forecast up up here in central Ohio tonight (Sat.) Sunday, and Monday nights all in the 34-40 degree range too. And next week in the 80's.
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Post  yolos on 5/11/2013, 2:15 pm

@Windmere wrote:
While there isn't a freeze forecast, it is expected to get down to 39 Sunday night.

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NO !!! NO !!!!
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Post  Pepper on 5/11/2013, 3:47 pm

Luckily 49 here Sunday night
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Post  bnoles on 5/11/2013, 8:15 pm

Looks like 41 for my area Sunday night. My beans aren't going to like that again.

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Post  plantoid on 5/11/2013, 8:36 pm

Brrrrrr Garden Fleeces at the ready everyone ?? Laughing

It's a balmy 9 oC here in south Wales tonight , chucking it down with rain but not too cold.
Very few of my plants are yet out in the garden ..most are still cosseted in the glasshouse , where the dark concrete floor still radiates some warmth till day light arrives ..
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Post  Pepper on 5/12/2013, 7:30 am

OH NO now they are saying 46 tonight.
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