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Post  Kathy Gizzi on 3/21/2016, 2:01 pm

So, after very carefully researching the weather for the next several weeks, I went ahead and transplanted my zucchini, squash and cucumbers to my outside boxes.  It was about 85 degrees out the day I did it (Saturday).  They had reached about 8 inches, so keeping them in the peat pots was really getting tough.

Now, the dilemma.  ALL day Sunday, we had VERY cold driving rains.  While everything that was direct sowed fared very well, my transplants are looking very "limp".  On top of that, there is apparently a major frost warning for our area now.  Obviously, I will cover them tonight, but, I'm scared I've lost my transplants!

Any tips on how to make sure they survive?
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/21/2016, 7:37 pm

Kathy, try a cloche, they have worked for me. Sunny days with warmish temps help to heat up the inside:

http://mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-to-make-your-own-garden-cloches-to.html

I used 20 oz water bottles, but you can use 2 liters for larger plants. Leave the cap off so it doesn't cook the plant during the day.
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Post  Kathy Gizzi on 3/22/2016, 11:42 am

So glad I covered them last night!  All of my sheets were covered in frost at 9am when I went to remove them.  I have no doubt it saved my babies!

$6 later (and A LOT of Hawaiian Punch that is now in pitchers), I have cloched all of the plants I'm concerned about.  Seems like an easy enough fix to "hopefully" keep them thriving!

Thanks again for the help!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/22/2016, 12:52 pm

@Kathy Gizzi wrote:
$6 later (and A LOT of Hawaiian Punch that is now in pitchers), I have cloched all of the plants I'm concerned about.  Seems like an easy enough fix to "hopefully" keep them thriving!


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Yeah, you've been bitten by the bug!

I took off the windows I have covering parts of my SFG this morning and they were covered with ice...on the INside! Hope my leafy lettuces made it. I'll know later today.

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Post  Kathy Gizzi on 3/22/2016, 2:04 pm

I think I've lost mu cucumbers!  Pretty sure my squash and zucchini will make it, but doubt my cukes are gonna recover.  Sad face.  I'll wait another week and direct plant them outside.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/22/2016, 8:31 pm

Weirdly, one of my 2 kales looks really bit by frost, and they are supposed to be hardy! And I had an unexpected terrible thing occur when taking cloches off this morning; much like a cookie cutter, the bottle pulling out also dislodged the entire plant, whole spinach baby up with cloche! Quickly shoved plant back in after getting it out of the bottom of the bottle....we will see Rolling Eyes pale
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Post  ralitaco on 3/23/2016, 11:51 pm

A little late, but you could use the Wall-O-Water.
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