An Early Look at Plankets for Frost Protection: Are most of your gardens in back?

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An Early Look at Plankets for Frost Protection

By dave
September 28, 2013

Plankets are snazzy frost blankets that work well to protect potted plants as well as shrubs in the landscaping. The company sent us some to try out, so we made a video for everyone to see.

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Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 4, 2013 12:29 PM CST
Your home and barn are beautiful, and what a great space!
Love all the space...
Those Plankets do work well; at least in Central Florida. I have been using them the last two years with success. Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
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Trish
Oct 4, 2013 12:52 PM CST

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Thank you, David!

Actually, no- this is a very small (relatively speaking, obviously) part of our gardens. Dave was working with hugel swales, and he and some helpers put these gardens in almost 2 years ago.
The thread "Some photos of my hugelkultur swales" in Permaculture forum

It really does take advantage of that hill behind our house en-route to the barn!
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Miniature Gardening Keeper of Poultry Herbs Foliage Fan Farmer Dragonflies
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DavidofDeLand
Oct 4, 2013 1:02 PM CST
You are both clearly busy multi-tasking types Trish. You have an incredible lot on your tables to maintain with family and life interests.

You are blessed, and I appreciate ATP.

Do what you can, when you can! You should see the weeds out back here! Hilarious! I tip my hat to you.
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Miniature Gardening Keeper of Poultry Herbs Foliage Fan Farmer Dragonflies
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 17, 2013 6:32 PM CST
I am very interested in how those 'swales will develop and am looking forward to seeing your new developments in 2014!

Keep up the good works Trish and Dave, and have a peaceful, reflective, and creative Christmas!

David
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
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Trish
Dec 19, 2013 7:17 AM CST

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Thanks, David!

This will be the third year for those swales. I'm (we're) currently debating what to grow in them next year. We keep rearranging and expanding our production area, so there's no telling what will be next! They are in prime production now, so we'll likely use them for trial garden space. We're also looking at the possibility of moving the material out of one or two of them to put in a small greenhouse in that space.

It's always something new around here!

Keep up the good works Trish and Dave, and have a peaceful, reflective, and creative Christmas!

David

You too!!
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Miniature Gardening Keeper of Poultry Herbs Foliage Fan Farmer Dragonflies
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 19, 2013 10:16 AM CST
Thank you for responding Trish, and I am starting to implement some of the 'swales ideas myself with the plethora of Oaks I have and falling branches. I will share when have more to show, and something is appropriate in the area regarding it.

I was looking for the responses that were posted in the category threads that were listed that we were supposed to respond to to win the book. Of course I was hopeful like everyone. I didn't know it also applied to new threads started under the list we were asked to respond to.

Well, rules are meant to be altered on occasion, and you both are the Masters of our ATP universe! I do like ATP very much and thank you for having me!

All the best your way, and if it weren't for this site, and your answer to this thread;... I may have never known of the 'swales.

It had me look to learn!

Again,
Merry Christmas from Florida!

David
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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
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Trish
Dec 19, 2013 3:51 PM CST

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David- I believe everyone who commented in either thread regarding the book review were entered into the drawing Thumbs up

Have fun with the swales. I'm sure you've seen the short video that we posted last year about maintenance with them. It's a fun adventure.
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Dec 19, 2013 4:06 PM CST

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Your name was in the bucket David. Smiling
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Miniature Gardening Keeper of Poultry Herbs Foliage Fan Farmer Dragonflies
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 19, 2013 4:25 PM CST
And now we know. Grow well. Smiling

It did say at the bottom of th December 18th post to respond to specific and set threads. I followed the plan and was the only one that did. I commented on a thread. My new thread was directed to Larry in appreciation of what I have learned from your introductional promotional thread letting me know who he is.

It did not say responses to created new ones would be included. Its over now, and I mean everything positive thought I've said in earlier responses I've made regarding the subject.

Be Well and create some new original ornaments with the kids this year!

David

Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Dec 19, 2013 5:00 PM CST

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DavidofDeLand said:It did not say responses to created new ones would be included.


Actually, if we want to get pedantic, my instructions were to post a reply to any thread. Green Grin! That would technically mean that only replies to existing threads would be counted. But what I ended up doing was grabbing the full list of all the names of all the posters to all the threads of the article and put each name once into the bucket.
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
Cat Lover Hibiscus Seed Starter Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower Region: Florida
Miniature Gardening Keeper of Poultry Herbs Foliage Fan Farmer Dragonflies
Image
DavidofDeLand
Dec 19, 2013 6:06 PM CST
Its your game! Hilarious!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Dec 19, 2013 6:28 PM CST

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