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Old 05-07-2020, 09:58 PM
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Prepping always pays off:

I am a container horder, to keep myself from becoming an outright horder I have/ limit it to a barrel that "extra" containers go into (ones that are immediately repurposed don't count) I just took 16 soda and juice bottles out the barrel and cut the bottoms out to make "mini greenhouses" for the tomato plants I transplanted to my raised bed the other day.

This way I can just leave them covered the next few days and not worry about covering and uuncovering them.
I've read about it, first time doing it.
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Be careful with leaving them covered, it worked well for me until it got much warmer one day and I didn't think about uncovering them- they cooked (six tomato plants)
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Be careful with leaving them covered, it worked well for me until it got much warmer one day and I didn't think about uncovering them- they cooked (six tomato plants)
Should be all right in the 60's I'm thinking. (How warm did it get when they 'cooked'?)
I'll take the bottle caps off if it starts to get warm. (May after the first night and just leave them uncapped, or a couple as an experiment.) Depends on forcast.
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Jumped the gun here and put in 7 tomato plants last week. The next 4 nights are predicted to be 30 - 34. Like Nomad the plastic bottles are in use. Sometimes you start too early even though you know you"re rolling the dice.
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The day they cooked it got into the low 60's for a bit
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I'm hoping they're off several degrees in their forecast (wouldn't be the first time)!!

We have beans coming up, tomatoes in bloom (several actually) cucumbers, squash , eggplant, peppers etc. etc. etc. up will cover what we can; do all we can do...
Oh no, none of those things like cold....
At least ours are cold resistant plants like Kale, spinach, beets , lettuce, broccoli ,
I am SO glad I haven't had time to plant my potted tomatoes yet!!

We did stick seeds of other stuff in the ground but they are not up yet ( squash, cucumbers , corn)

Not sure about my potatoes and onions , they are just peaking out now , I think I will cover them anyway

The fruit trees is the worst
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We have 32 degrees in our forecast tonight. Yep, right on schedule. 10th of May is our last frost date. "Blackberry winter" It's something that's expected, but some like myself, like the challenge of getting a head start.
Oh well, just cover up the best you can. Two liter bottles are great for small plants like tomatoes. I'm thinking about using those oodles of walmart bags on mine. Smudge pots, wood fires, or even large fans to move the air can save large patches like strawberries, small fruit orchards, & etc.
Good luck everybody.
And I about forgot, a good sprinkler system works great too if you have access to plenty of water.
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Most of my tomatoes wouldn't fit into a 4 liter bottle Heck most of my hot peppers are too big for a 2 liter.

Our last frost date is normally in mid- April here

So they "should" have been safe to plant in the gardens - Oh well, all you can do is all you can do, I'll be shocked if we don't lose several plants IF the forecast turns out correct despite our best efforts. That is how it goes, high wind, temps, hail, bugs, varmints - many ways to lose plants
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Most of my tomatoes wouldn't fit into a 4 liter bottle Heck most of my hot peppers are too big for a 2 liter.

Our last frost date is normally in mid- April here

So they "should" have been safe to plant in the gardens - Oh well, all you can do is all you can do, I'll be shocked if we don't lose several plants IF the forecast turns out correct despite our best efforts. That is how it goes, high wind, temps, hail, bugs, varmints - many ways to lose plants
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Zone 7 a

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ETA:

Have some small green tomatoes on the vine , we Do have other smaller tomatoes, peppers, squash etc. too small to put out (thankfully )so even IF we lose some stuff we can re-plant in time (though we'd lose our early crop of tomatoes etc. ) So glad we waited on the melons and most of the squash!
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We are expecting snow tonight in eastern Canada!
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No losses.

Neighbor had some.
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Our balcony garden in containers is living in our bathroom for a few days. It's below zero here until at least until Wednesday, I think.

We started our seeds way too early and things got unmanageable before we could really put them out. Live and learn!
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So far looking pretty good, may have some(small) losses but nothing like it "could have been"; though at the moment nothing looks really damaged.

We do have some squash out, I meant glad we waited to put the others out that were really "ready" . Seems covering them also made the difference!
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Here in southern Ontario went to -3C last night (about 30F). The flower buds on the bleeding hearts died. I had not planted anything outside yet. We've had ice pellets and snow squalls on and off all day.

0C/32F tonight when going to bed...

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smmer finally arrived. 80-90* daytime temp. I planted a dozen tomatoes. I have to mail a package fed express Monday, so I'll stop at the nursery and look for some more plants. I want to till the ground after today's watering to kill any seeds that sprout before doing the beans and squash. My winter garden is rebounding but a gopher is doing bad things to the potatoes. I have caught 4 so far. Turnips are about an inch across now.
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