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Post  Kelejan on 11/12/2014, 2:38 pm

Well, how is everyone coping with this Polar Vortex?
Here in the interior of British Columbia we are just on the left-hand edge. The day before yesterday we had a light dusting of snow just before midnight and the remains are still on the grass. No more snow but clear skies for the rest of the week so everything will remain frozen.
After quite a lot of rain, all my gardening has come to a crashing halt because of the cold. My bags of compost have frozen solid as well as wet leaves, damp coffee grounds and even my bags of woodchips that I need to finish my BTE gardening for the winter.
I did get my garlic, daffodil and tulips planted thank goodness, and some of my SF beds mulched but missed a strawberry bed. And I procrastinated about draining my hosepipe but that will not matter too much as I intended to replace it next year.
So I cannot finish clearing up my garden mess until the temperature rises above freezing.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 11/12/2014, 2:50 pm

So sorry - if only the weather would send an announcement "ALERT - I will be freezing you in 2 days!"  

Two years ago we got a random freeze several weeks earlier than normal in early November and then it was sunny and warm for 6 weeks.  It was so rude and annoying, I could have been enjoying fresh tomatoes for 6 more weeks if only the weather played nice Laughing

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Post  GloriaG on 11/12/2014, 3:53 pm

Well, I'm not sure it's technically a Polar Vortex that hits our area just north of Dallas, TX - but on Sunday, we hit 78° and we were wearing shorts.  Last night (Tuesday) it was a low of 27°, and today's high is 42°.

I still have tomatoes, passion fruit, bush beans and pole beans on the vine.  We quickly covered everything with 6-mil plastic yesterday and I haven't even opened the hoops up today because the inside temps never exceeded the low 70's. 

Our first frost usually isn't until November 15th, and temperatures in the 20°'s are mid-February weather for this area.   Go figure!!!

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Post  Kelejan on 11/12/2014, 9:26 pm

@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:So sorry - if only the weather would send an announcement "ALERT - I will be freezing you in 2 days!"  

It did, Audrey; but I ran out of time and energy.  Very Happy

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Post  Turan on 11/12/2014, 11:58 pm

I wondered how this cold front hit you, Kelejan.  I spent all day Saturday preparing for it but Sunday I just let it go.  Garlic planted and a bed for peas is ready for the spring.  But there is a lot of barn cleaning and compost pile making that did not happen.    I might be done till spring, the forecast for the next week at least is no where near thawing.  Nature will have her way and we will adapt and get on well enough I guess.

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Post  Kelejan on 11/13/2014, 1:43 am

Nature is the boss, Turan, and yes, we'll get on with it as there is nothing much we can do about it.
Meanwhile, I willget out my litte AeroGarden and do some sprouts and that will give me some light and some green to see me through the winter.
We can also see other SFG gardens on this forum and we have hundreds of thread o re-read etc. 
 You who live in the south of the USA and other places where it is not winter, keep sending your lovely pictures so that we can share.

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Re: Polar Vortex

Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/17/2014, 8:13 am

Yes, please!  Flowering plant photos and fruits/veggies will hopefully help us get thru the  cold.  (I know, I know - what am I talking about since I live in the south.)

But I HATE the cold!  It's even worse when it's raining....  like today....

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 11/17/2014, 11:56 am

I feel guilty posting - like I'm poking a sore wound Smile  I'll try to take some pictures of my greenhouse and the gardens I'm working on for the winter.

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Post  camprn on 11/17/2014, 12:08 pm

The word winter is so subjective.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 11/17/2014, 12:13 pm

@camprn wrote: The word winter is so subjective.
LOL!  You are right, we have a "pretend" winter!!!  It's really a long fall  Wink

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Post  jimmy cee on 11/17/2014, 4:41 pm

I just work outside till ol man winter tells me to quit, then when his back is turned I go back out.
Works for me

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Post  plantoid on 11/17/2014, 4:59 pm

Your cold weather has cycled through to this side of the pond ,  it's getting cooler and wetter by the day .

Today I should have had a full wetsuit & fins on whilst I cleared and refreshed two more beds with properly made Berkley style compost. It pee'd down solidly for the two & a half  hours I was outside . I would have stayed drier in a swimming pool.

 I managed to pop in eight broad bean seeds for an early crop next year. Transplanted five crowns of rhubarb & picked a couple of dozen flower bulbs out the new beds where they were put in an emergency as we were  going on holiday the next day .

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/18/2014, 9:27 am

It was 25 here this morning.  But at least the rain had stopped before it got down that low...!

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Post  meatburner on 11/18/2014, 10:02 am

It was a nice toasty 9 degrees when I got up this morning.  Brrrrrrrr!

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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/19/2014, 10:29 am

A record breaking 24 here this morning.  Jack Frost graced my window.
I'm beside myself...
sobbing
The kale & collards can handle it but I guess I'd better pull the carrots, lettuces & daikon....

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Post  sanderson on 11/19/2014, 2:07 pm

Watching the news right now.  I simply can not believe the amount of snow (and wind) that Buffalo has received.  I hope that those affected stay safe and warm (and take photos Smile ).

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Post  plantoid on 11/20/2014, 7:56 am

Have been watching Sky CNN & Fox news etc this morning ...... Brrrrrrrr , for you folks over the pond , " It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas , Walking  in a winter wonder land  ".  Laughing  



Some 11 yrs ago when we lived in a cul de sac of bungalows , an annoying beer swill lazy neighbour who had weeds all over his front & back gardens & several half scrapped cars on the front & down the dwellings side that viewd directly into my lounge window , he gloated , " Well Dave , all that work to make some nice flowers for us to look at is all in vain " , he said,  pointing to the two feet of snow we'd had overnight " my garden looks just as good as yours now "

My last word was .......   OFF!  Embarassed

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Post  camprn on 11/20/2014, 9:59 am

LOLOL! darn funny

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 11/20/2014, 8:19 pm

Dave, I read your post yo my hubby and we got a huge laugh out of it!!!

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 11/22/2014, 5:13 pm

Good for you, Dave!!!!!

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Post  sanderson on 1/7/2015, 2:52 am

I don't know if what is hitting many of you is a Polar Vortex. But, I hope you stay warm and safe. (And, for those with winter veggies, that your gardens aren't totally devastated)

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Post  Turan on 1/7/2015, 12:35 pm

I heard windchill factor of -40 in the Great lakes area.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 1/7/2015, 12:54 pm

In the past, these "polar vorteces" were called cold fronts.  

For an idea of what future weather may be, keep an eye on major Asian storms tracking east via the jet stream, as well as temps in Alaska.  

I've generally noticed that when a record cold temperature occurs in Alaska, the West Coast is relatively warm, and that Alaskan record warm temps usually precede cold spells--which then travel East to wreak havoc.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 1/7/2015, 8:56 pm

@Turan wrote:I heard windchill factor of -40 in the Great lakes area.

OUCH! 

No, I've got nothing to complain about.... Embarassed

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Post  jimmy cee on 1/7/2015, 10:25 pm

Notice these cold snaps aren't called a Polar  Vortex this year., once was called Alberta Clipper's also.
Me thinks the polars were offended

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