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I got a few seeds planted the other day. So far so good. Our weather here in North Florida was in the 80’s for a few days last week but Saturday and Sunday a cold front came through and we dipped down into the low 30’s at night. I had to cover all of our outdoor plants again. Can’t wait until the threat of frost is over with.
Well here is a look a what I have started in pots so far. 9 tomato plants and a few Straight Yellow Squash. When they get a little bigger and the threat of Mr. Frost is gone for good I’ll give them a new happy home in the garden.
Thanks for peeking in!

Update! 72 days later and the garden doing well! No more frost! Yaaaaa!
Three weeks ago

Today

Today

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida



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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-18-2013 10:00 AM

I have goosebumps!! I can’t wait to see some little green heads peek out of some planting containers!
And don’t your babies look happy!

Thanks for sharing.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-18-2013 01:08 PM

Your seedlings are thriving! I was thinking about growing different squashes this morning but our ground has recently been re-covered with a thick layer of snow and Canada is generously sharing its icy arctic temperatures with us, so I will just look at your seedlings, dream and wait. Three more months to the last frost…..

Thank you for the kind reminder that spring is coming. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Tony

89 posts in 650 days
hardiness zone 9a

posted 02-18-2013 01:52 PM

It got much too cold here last night. I sure hope we didn’t lose any of our fruit trees. They are all budding now and some have fruit on them. I just hope this is our last bout with frigid cold fronts. We have 2 lemon, 2 orange and one tangerine tree. I covered all the trees and put flood lights under 2 of the bigger trees. It got way down to 25.5 F or -3.6 C and everything was frost coated this morning. It was pretty to look at but worrisome to say the least.
For North Florida that sure is cold. I know our friends to the north must think that’s not too bad but it is for this neck of the woods. It’s going to get back to normal this week, I hope!


Broccoli looks sad! Our beach umbrella came in handy :D

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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Jimthecarver

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posted 02-18-2013 05:18 PM

Looking good.

-- JTC

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Desktopgem

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posted 02-18-2013 06:12 PM

Very healthy and happy looking seedlings.

-- Desktopgem

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Iris43

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posted 02-18-2013 06:22 PM

I am usually in Florida at this time of year. Your pictures and notes makes me feel almost homesick for my little spot on Hutchinson Is. (Well, not almost, really homesick) Ha-ha.

Looks like you had your trees well protected. Hope they’re ok.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Tony

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posted 02-18-2013 08:08 PM

Iris43,
Sorry I made you homesick! Is there anything I can post to remedy that home sickness? :(
I could send you some photos of me mowing the lawn! :) LOL!!!

I took the protection down and some of the new tender leaves got hit by the frost. But for the most part everything still has all its buds and fruit, they all look healthy. I had two flood lights under the umbrella on that lemon tree and one under the blue tarp on the orange tree. They are all doing very fine now!
Thank you for all the nice comments!
Stay warm Iris!
Tony

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-19-2013 08:36 AM

brrr … a drop in temperature is cold – no matter what the numbers say.

Gotta love umbrellas. They make great garden helpers.
I’m going to tuck away your idea of a flood light for future reference. My goal it to have some fruit trees pruned to about 7’ tall – the umbrella plus flood light should hopefully protect them when they are in blossom and the frosty nights hit.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Tony

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posted 02-19-2013 01:15 PM

MsDebbie,
Our news said that the potato crop here in Florida was damaged severally. Some farmers covered their crops with dirt. Other covered them with tarps. The ones that didn’t do anything and lost it all. They showed huge fields of wilted plants. so sad to see. I only have a few little trees to cover and if it’s really cold I’ll set up the flood lights to help keep them from freezing. I found if the new tender growth is touching any cloth or plastic covering at the top it will damage it or permanent damage the new growth. All my lemon buds, flowers and fruit are all ok! :) I only lost some tender tips.
Got your GT news! Thank you MsDebie! :)

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-19-2013 08:32 PM

frost is indeed a challenge – especially with trees.
I have (hopefully ) started some espalier pruning and plant to create a tipi effect during frosty nights—hopefully easier to protect them safely.

great re: GT News!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Tony

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posted 02-19-2013 08:37 PM

I wish you luck Debbie! Tipi! Now you got me thinking!

-- Type-0's are normal for me! St Augustine Florida

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