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ATP Podcast #11: Coping with Late Season Frost

By dave
March 27, 2013

It seems like the whole country is currently dealing with an extremely long winter and late frosts and freezes, and we in Texas are not being spared. Today's episode we discuss ideas, tips and techniques for dealing with frost.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 27, 2013 4:46 AM CST
for another great podcast. I so enjoying listening to them.

Trish, I have a perfect spot to try the ice plant. It's right at the southwest corner of the garage where the sun is wicked. Each year, I try a new sun plant there, even portulaca and purslane and nothing has survived there yet. Hopefully the ice plant will. Stay tuned.....

Dave, our highway department does put crape myrtles in the medians, here in our county as well as throughout the state. Thumbs up

We have had a very cold and wet spring (it's currently 25 degrees) so my season of moving plants in and out hasn't started yet. LOVE the truck idea. These carts go into the garage as I start hardening off plants which hasn't even started yet. You can see the strings on the bars where I even put hanging plants. Hank made the wooden cart to transport lumber to different machines and the handle lifts out and can go into the end if need be or even be removed altogether. Fortunately, we've both not needed the carts at the same time Whistling

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Mar 27, 2013 6:29 AM CST

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I love those carts, Vic! Hurray!

Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Mar 27, 2013 7:06 AM CST
Green Grin!
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Mar 27, 2013 8:02 AM CST

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I agree
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Mar 28, 2013 6:12 PM CST
Howdy, Folks!

Dave/Trish, just finished listening to the podcast. Lots of agreement here on those topics, including the Delosperma! (Vic, I have several varieties this year, will send some your way!) :>)

I sure hope ya'lls Texas freeze/frost moves on fast so you don't lose your plants. I've had to cover 100's of tomatoes with the black gallon-size nursery pots for protection. One year the wind kicked up and blew some off so every since then rocks go on top doing double duty to weigh them down as well as cover the drain hole. Covering with hay is a great idea but its too popular here and hard to get. I'd love to have your big rolls you brought home, Dave!

Thanks for another nice podcast!
Happy Gardening!
Shoe

Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Mar 28, 2013 6:40 PM CST
Thank you Shoe Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Mar 28, 2013 7:36 PM CST

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Thanks Shoe!

I feel like I really did hit the jackpot with that hay. It's literally an unlimited supply and the guy told me to come back and get as many as I want. But even just one load (five round rolls) is an incredibly huge amount of hay. We've already used up about half the hay we got in the last load, and I'll be ready for more before too much longer. I feel like I'm living high on the hog now. Smiling

We did lose a few tomato plants - the ones that I forgot to cover with hay. I just covered them with a 1 gallon pot and unfortunately the frost went right through the holes and got 'em good. I've already yanked those and replanted with some that I still had in pots. We also lost what looks like one pepper, which isn't bad considering how many we have.

Our pomegranate really took it hard. It had already leafed out, but now all the leaves are brown and crisped, even though I covered the whole bush. Oh well.

I'm glad you're liking the podcast! Thank you for saying so. Smiling We have fun putting it together.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Mar 29, 2013 8:47 AM CST
Yep, I like the podcast. I really like that I can hear them w/out buffering/streaming like you-tube vids do on my "slow highspeed". And I thought I heard you mention you have a "podcast studio"? So nothing gets in there but you and Trish and the music, eh?

Enjoy that hay, once people learn the value of it I hope you still have a good source of it. And around here so many grass/grain growers use broadleaf herbicides on their pastures which makes so much of it unsafe in the garden for certain plants. Even the local box stores sell straw that is permeated with the herbicide and several of my customers have had it affect their gardens; not a pretty sight.

Looks like we're warming up for a few days here, hope your weather does the same.

Shoe (off to pot, pot, and pot some more...)
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Mar 29, 2013 8:59 AM CST

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My podcast studio is actually just my office. Smiling But we do lock the door when we record. Sometimes if you listen closely you can hear the children in the background, but they are always in the other room. Well, actually, we let the youngest in with us from time to time but he has to be quiet. Smiling

I hear you on the herbicides. Bad, bad stuff. I'm thankful that my hay man doesn't use anything on his pastures, and I think it's mostly out of laziness or being cheap. He does spread chicken manure every so often but that's all he does. It means the bales sometimes have weeds in them, but I can deal with that.

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