Thursday, 20 April 2017

Not a pretty sight, or site.




With a couple of night-time temperatures falling close to zero, I'm taking no chances.

It may not look pretty, but these old pots protect my more tender plants from being nipped by frost.

Above are half a dozen Supersteak Tomatoes, and below are all my Aubergines, Peppers, Chillies, and a few Calabrese.


There's nothing worse than losing plants due to lack of diligence.




32 comments:

  1. Good luck Cro! I'm sure everything will make it through just fine.

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    1. I haven't been outdoors yet this morning (it's still dark), but it feels cold. I quite expect there's been a frost. However, I should be OK.

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  2. I have been covering the last two nights as well. I think we have another couple to come yet. It reached 1 degree at 06:30 this morning.

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    1. I'm just back from my morning walk, and it's bloody freeeezing.

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  3. Much frost in Eastern England. Tender plants still in greenhouses. Hardy varieties of fruit trees later flowering and resilient.

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    1. All my seedlings are still under plastic; they'll probably remain there for another week.

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  4. My bed socks aren't a pretty sight either.

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    1. Fred, the cat, kept me warm last night. Or maybe I was keeping him warm.

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  5. Oooooo Cro ..... hope your tender plants are OK .... it doesn't matter what it looks like ... protecting them from the frost is more important.
    I don't put anything out until the end of May ..... I'm a scardy cat !!!!! XXXX

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    1. I've uncovered them now, and all seems OK. I shall cover them again tonight though.

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  6. And very diligent too if I may say so - going round in the evening and putting the pots on and then going round in the morning and taking them off again. But well worth it I agree.

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  7. 25c here, a perfect weather.

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    1. 25 C is my favourite temperature. As you say; perfect!

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  8. Those pots are a good idea, and look cute. Not much frost here last night, but it is cold. Had to put an extra blanket on the bed!

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    1. No actual frost here either, but boy was it cold.

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  9. I was out the day before yesterday and I used old newspaper to protect my dwarf French beans, and it worked quite well but the pot idea is neater. Everything survived. It has been so warm during the day in Somerset that I forget how cold it can become at night. We have had no rain for more than two weeks down here, countryside looking great with everything coming into leaf early but it's dusty and we need rain....in Somerset , in April.

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    1. I've already installed my sprinkler. I gave everything a good watering this morning, after I'd removed the pots.

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  10. Very cold here.

    Farmers in some areas have been given special permission to burn hay to keep the ground warm.

    Thousand of motorists were trapped in a blizzard near Vienna. Some for up to 8 hours. Given blankets and hot drinks by Red Cross.

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    1. The sudden cold weather seems to be everywhere. It won't last.

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  11. But where are Bill & Ben? No sign of Little Weed either.

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  12. It was -4 in Suffolk the night before last.

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    1. Lady M is flying back from Oz at this very moment; she's going to have a shock.

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  13. Ii bought some "row shelter accelerators" from Gardener Supply just because Mother Nature can be temperamental in April. This is my second year using them and so far, so good. My seedlings are doing well and I don't worry about frost or the little animals in my yard having a party at night.

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    1. I'm too mean to buy anything, I just use what's available at home; hence the nasty plastic flower pots.

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  14. Super idea.
    By the way it is so hot already I am opening the pool !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. My neighbour has his pool open, but I think it's heated. Ours isn't so I wait till about June 1st.

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  15. I say, whatever works.. works🙂 We had some cold snaps out of the norm to Cro. Beautiful garden.

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    1. It's a matter of finding whatever will do the job. Not pretty, but effective.

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