Southwest Gardening forum: Freeze is on it way! Pull Basil?

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Name: Gina Young
White Hills, AZ (Zone 9a)
"Man does not live by bread alone..
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GinaY86441
Nov 16, 2014 8:13 AM CST
Hi SW Gardeners!

I awoke this morning to howling winds (20 mph) and a freeze advisory for tonight. I have a purple basil bush in the raised beds that I'm hoping to keep over the winter. I don't know if it's possible, tho. It's less than one year old but stands at least 2 feet tall and wide. Will a cardboard box & fabric keep it from tonight's freeze, or should I pull it completely?

Any advise is greatly appreciated! Thank You!

Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Nov 16, 2014 10:13 AM CST
Good Morning Gina. Smiling

Just checking in before heading for church. I do not have that much experience on growing basil but did do a Google search and it is definitely considered a tropical type plant so I would cover it well if you are about to freeze ! Smiling
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Name: Gina Young
White Hills, AZ (Zone 9a)
"Man does not live by bread alone..
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GinaY86441
Nov 16, 2014 11:09 AM CST
Blessings, Linda! Thank you! Enjoy your worship!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Nov 16, 2014 12:31 PM CST
Gina, you might also post the question on one of these forums:

Ask a Question
http://garden.org/forums/view/askatp/

Edibles and Preserving
http://garden.org/forums/view/eateat/

If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Gina Young
White Hills, AZ (Zone 9a)
"Man does not live by bread alone..
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GinaY86441
Nov 20, 2014 9:11 AM CST
Thank you for the reply, Debra. I was able to save half the basil and 1/3 of the beans. No impact on the cabbage, peas, onions or beets, though! Hurray!

I'm just thankful for the long grow season we have here!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Nov 20, 2014 11:49 AM CST
Hurray! Thumbs up
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'

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