Vegetables and Fruit forum: Temp drop and greens / root crops

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Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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Oct 24, 2017 9:22 AM CST
What are killing temps for several greens? I would like to stretch them out as those which have thus far survived squirrel-cratering, are still a bit small and the turnips & beets are ok greens-wise but the roots small. We have not had a frost but forecasts show highs dropping into low 50s and Saturday night at 33. That said, I am in a bit of a heat island and we can usually do a bit better depending on wind/sun. However, rather than see the greens lost from the root vegetables, I would rush to harvest. Then there are:

Purple orach,
Several lettuces,
Red russian kale,
New Zealand spinach (very small shoots),
Edible-pod Peas,
Bronze fennel,
Sweet basil,
Thai basil.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Oct 24, 2017 3:23 PM CST
For most of that stuff, my experience is anything under 20.
Low 20s would probably take it out... But.... It Oughta be fine for a while.

Basil is warm season... It probably should be allowed to set seed.

No experience with orach or new Zealand spinach. But... Chenopodium likes it pretty cool.... When it comes up in early spring...

33 degrees ain't a problem.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Oct 26, 2017 11:37 AM CST
Except for your couple warm weather stuff. Cool weather stuff will take down to at least 18 f. Hear in Fresno, one time it got down to 18 f. And it never got above 32 f. For two days.
Our usual lowest temp in winter is in mid 20s.

You can search them on this site , to find minimum temps for each.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.

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