Vegetables and Fruit forum: A winter harvest in Florida

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Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
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florange
Jan 15, 2018 9:14 PM CST
I usually hang out in the Daylily forum, but just had to share. I'm beachside in the Daytona area and I grow both veggies and daylilies in raised boxes. Tomatoes are in big pots. We had a fairly cold January (for Florida) and the peppers needed to be covered and the tomatoes needed to be moved into the garage due to impending cold, but I decided to harvest first. The peppers are anaheims and poblanos. The tomatoes are Garden Gems (from University of FL) and Black Cherry tomatoes. All grown from seed. Here's the harvest:

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The plants are now safe and sound under cover and in the garage. The long range weather predictions don't show any more nights in the 30's. Please tell me that they don't lie!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jan 16, 2018 9:29 AM CST
It is nice to see your harvest !
Sorry ! can't help with your weather predictions !
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 17, 2018 4:36 PM CST
What's your best guess, feeling.
It's allways a gamble.
If you can move them easily, I'd put them out, and keep eye on forecast.👍
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Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
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florange
Jan 17, 2018 7:19 PM CST
Philip, the pepper plants are nestled under frost cloth. They did fine with 34 degrees--the peppers just kept growing. This evening should be 32 degrees, but the daytime high was 70 degrees. I expect the same. I can't pull them out. They live in a raised box with really good soil. It rained 3 days ago and the soil is damp. They should continue producing into spring and then into summer. Every other veggies will have wilted from the heat, but the peppers will keep marching on!!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 19, 2018 2:15 PM CST
That's great Arlene 👍. With the peppers. Days warm beds up, freeze cloth holds heat in overnight, preventing freezing. Would it work same for tomatoes, if they were covered with freeze cloth ? .... Sure seems like it would. Duration, the length of time the freeze lasts, would come into play.

At years end, my fully grown tomatoes, outside, in ground, unprotected, take light Frost's, perty well. Tomatoes till Thanksgiving or Christmas not unusual.
Rain will rot fruit, if they don't dry perty quick, I'll pick them to ripen in house.

Your Question : Do long-range forecasters lie ? NOPE !😮!!!
You, Surprised ??? Butt ! Remember, There only Predicting !!!???
Your latest predictions are better.

My friend in Savannah Georgia just had 4 days of freezing nites.
Her ten day, is for like 36-39 F. Lows. Go figure Shrug! ?

I'd try one , covered, outside. I like to experiment.
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Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Intheswamp
Jan 30, 2018 8:35 PM CST
Arlene, that's a nice harvest to bring in!!! The cold and frosts can run us crazy. Up here in south Alabama it seems like I've been chasing dripping faucets all winter long trying to keep pipes from freezing up.
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Name: Deborah
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Saltflower
Feb 6, 2018 9:52 AM CST
I love the way you have the peppers upright in the basket. That's art!
Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
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florange
Feb 8, 2018 9:45 AM CST
On January 18, we had a hard freeze--30 degrees for a short time. Even under frost cloth, the tops of the peppers were frozen (the cloth was stretched tight and I think that's what did it). Anyway, since then the top pepper leaves turned brown and dropped off. The bare stems now have masses of tiny leaves and some buds on them. The plants look bold! When we get some sun, I'll take and picture to show you. It's awesome!!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 8, 2018 3:54 PM CST
Arlene , Hi again 😀

That's great the freeze just killed the pepper leaves. 👍

Sounds to me like that freeze cloth, isn't all as good ! as what I've heard. I figured as much 🤔!

Ohh, crud ! I'm gonna get a tounge lashing, for saying that !!!
Butt, what the heck ! Ask me if I care ? NOPE ! Rolling on the floor laughing

I bet, plastic or an old sheet, would work just as well.

Next time it's going to freeze, put some gallon jugs of hot water under covered plants, before bedtime, or, some old fashion Christmas lights, the kind that get hot/warm, or a lite bulb that throws off heat under covered plants.
It doesn't take much ! I tip my hat to you.

Ttfn 💃
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Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
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florange
Feb 8, 2018 8:16 PM CST
Philip, I bought trouble lights for the Anthuriums on the patio. They get both of them as well as frost cloth DRAPED over them.

I will try the gallon jug idea. The ground was really warm just before the freeze, so I really wasn't too worried about the peppers. I don't have any of the old Christmas lights, although I know people use them. Next time, if there is one, I might add a light blanket over the frost cloth. That would help!

Oh, today is our 44th anniversary. We spent it recovering one of the 5 ft cages we put around tomatoes to protect them from raccoons. The raccoons broke through the bird netting and trashed the 3 plants, but not badly. We have two more cages to update. Here is a picture of them with bird netting:


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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 9, 2018 8:33 AM CST
WOWIEE ! Hurray! !!! Well ! Happy Anniversary !🙊😀👍👍👍 44 years ! That's wonderful ! 💃🕺


Nice yard 👍.

Grow On there 💃
Ttfn
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Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Intheswamp
Feb 9, 2018 9:02 AM CST
Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!!!!!!!!!! Hurray! Thumbs up Hurray!
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Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
Tropicals Daylilies Bromeliad Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Birds
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florange
Feb 9, 2018 9:30 AM CST
Yep, that picture of tomato cages also shows my Meyers lemon tree with lemons. Doesn't look like that after a hurricane and 30 degree weather. No leaves, but lots of little leaf sprouts showing them selves, much to my relief!

Thanks for the good wishes! We had a great day yesterday!

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