Winter finally made it down to the sunshine state. Frost this morning:
Not unheard of but unusual this early in the season. Overnight low of
30° on the our front porch. Not real optimistic about the green beans,
the eggplants and the tomatoes. The okra was about done for, anyway,
but everything else still was doing well but this morning is all sparkly
Geo-engineering at its best in years. Just a "Flu Season" (if you believe that
utter fraud and crime upon humanity) reminder, it only took a few hours for the
CDC to laughably jump in and claim a Flu Pandemic while moronically saying they
guessed the flu right again for their
as-many-suckers-as-we-can-get-AGAIN-"vaccine". Oh and, go run to your Market,
Fresh Fields and Whole Foods for your cancer and disease re-dosing, fruits and
vegetables are really-really important...so says your Gov't Liars of the food
pyramid proven scam. Sorry, I had to get a little truth out there.
It's been down to the mid-teens here - but then we are a little north
of you . Predicted low tonight of 31°F in town which means it'll be more
like 25° or lower out here in The Holler . We just put another log on
the fire and open the damper a bit . Have to keep the Harley's on the
battery tenders or they won't start in the morning ...
This little chilly spell is the first requiring heat in the hovel,
so I can't complain. Already warming up a bit but we're bracing for the
next one, which appears to be just a couple of days ahead of us. I
think the green beans, okra, tomatoes and most of the peppers have had
the lick but I might be able to rehabilitate the eggplant, although,
I'll have to prune a quite a bit of it , including the latest flush of
blossoms. Probably could have prevented damage by covering and
providing a little heat but didn't bother. The Tabasco and some of the
jalapeño peppers seem o.k. the sweet peppers are pitiable.
The okra and eggplants were still producing, as was one variety of
green beans (Delinel}, although, the okra had slowed a good bit. The
other beans (Slenderette) are covered with blossoms which don't appear
to be damaged, although, the plants' foliage was severely burned. Not
optimistic about their survival but will wait and see....
OTOH, the mustard, turnips and green peas are loving the cooler
weather. Noticed a few blossoms on the peas yesterday so must, for
sure, prepare to cover those. Fortunately, I have a "system" and I love
systems almost as much as I love plans! No problem with the greens:
Those suckers can freeze solid and still survive if left unmolested.
Don't like cold weather but am hoping it stays cool for a while.
The carrots must have cool temps if they're to be edible.
i wouldn't have minded that either ways.
i'm actually glad we had an earlier start to
the cold season this year than the past few
years where it hasn't been this cold until
late December or even in January. it's let
me stop from digging and giving the shoulder
a rest. done for the season. read five
books the past few days and took it easy.
shoveled a little snow the other day. that's
cold and windy today but the sun is out
which is nice to see for a change. :)
i was hoping the radishes would survive being
frosted/frozen a bit, but that didn't happen.
they were rather mushy. the turnips seemed ok
but i'm not sure how much abuse they can take.
i left one out there that was about a foot across.
the rest i've chopped up and left for worm food.
a few turnips were basketball sized. they can
grow quickly when the rains come along. :)
wind chill today is probably close to 0F.