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Posted October 12, 2012 - 06:03 AM

Just heard there's a freeze warning for our area for tonight . I still have peppers that are growing some with flowers ! I'm going to try covering them up maybe witha an old sheet or blanket . Do any of you have a special tip or trick for extending the season ? Al

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Posted October 12, 2012 - 06:22 AM

Old milk jugs filled with water, set out early to absorb heat from the sun during the day, place next to plants, cover all in the evening. Jugs help keep plants warm at night, cover keeps frost off leaves.
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Posted October 12, 2012 - 07:38 AM

Bmerf that's a nice idea of using the mike jugs :thumbs: I'll try that tonight but not sure if they'll get too warm being it will towards the end of the daylight but at least they'll be there for the next time , Al

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Posted October 12, 2012 - 08:13 AM

We use row clothes or shade clothes to cover what's left in the fall. We are probably going to get our first frost tonight or tomorrow. Not much left producing, peppers and maybe 1 cucumber plant.
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Posted October 12, 2012 - 03:28 PM

Not this year. I'm hoping to sew a grass over crop this fall to allow me to try the new system next year, so let the frost take the garden. It has been so dry this year I did not even plant the late garden.

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 05:51 AM

Well it looks like the sheets laying on top of the peppers with a metal framework holding a tarp saved them from the freeze . Looks to be warm this week so it will give me some time to get milk jugs for water and the tarp needs to be wider to reach the ground , Al

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 08:05 AM

Glad you were able to save them. :thumbs: Your season is like mine, little frost then, maybe four or five more weeks of growing, just enough time for the last little peppers to grow up! :dancingbanana:

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 10:22 AM

Glad you got a save Al. Mine are all finished.

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 07:36 PM

Come down for the Jacktown show this weekend Dave and I'll give you some peppers lol , Al

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:41 PM

We grow kale in our garden, lots of it. It grows until the temps consistently get below 20*, and I think it tastes better the colder it gets. Bring that frost on!
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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:56 PM

The cold will get here soon enough, my garden is almost done, a few small peppers (haven’t even covered) only thing left is Brussels sprouts. They are supposed to get better with frost. Not sure as this is the first year growing.
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Posted October 15, 2012 - 10:11 PM

well i got orders tonight to leave the califlower as it is heading nicely now. they seem to be thriving with the cool nights.]
this was a late planting.
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