May 10, 2012 - And the Low Temperature Was....

41F....the garden lives!  The weather man lied again, but this time I'm glad he did!  


I brought what I could inside.

Annie was ready for a freeze!

33 comments:

  1. Yippee!! I was getting tired of crossing my fingers and toes!

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  2. I'm glad your garden is still alive. The weather men were predicting frost a little over a week ago for us, but we never got it. I didn't really think we would, but I also didn't have any warm weather plants in the garden yet.

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    1. Daphne, we should be home free now....if the weather man isn't lying!

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  3. I am so happy for you! And I kinda like the jungle look. :)

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    1. Christy, they looked real nice on the patio steps this morning, too. Too bad there's not enough sunshine for them there. I do keep those four tomato plants in the one sunny corner out there.

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  4. "whew" that would have been horrible to have frost after so many warm veggies got planted. Thankfully it's all past and you won't have to worry anymore.

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    1. Jenny, "whew" is right! I've always planted my tomatoes by May 1 (sometimes earlier), even though I know Mother's Day is a safer time. I've never lost any to freezing.

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  5. Your kitchen turned into a jungle!

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    1. Donna, at least I don't have to cook when the stove is covered with plants!

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  6. Great news! Good that the weatherman lied in that direction, and not the other one. I've done that whole plant-shuffle, and it's a chore.

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    1. Dave, I have 22 tomato plants in the garden that couldn't be moved in, and would be difficult to cover. Not to mention the dozen or more peppers that are in the ground, rather than in pots. It would have been a real shame to lose them.

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  7. That is great and I just got home from work and our garden looks great from the cold weather and none of the blossoms dropped off my tomato plants.
    Lisa

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    1. Lisa, good! I'm glad we made it with no adverse effects on our gardens!

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  8. Annie is a doll. I feel like doing that too. I swear it's never going to warm up around here.

    So glad you didn't have a freeze out! The Garden Gods smile upon you!

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    1. Sue, don't you just love the way Annie manages to position those wide fringes over her eyes when she naps? They work well to keep the light out of her eyes, but she looks like she has dreadlocks!

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  9. Great news! It's about time somebody lucked out where the weather is concerned. It's good to see that Annie was well prepared.

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    1. Ed, I figured Mother Nature was going to kick my butt after what I said to you about her.

      Isn't my Annie a hoot? Smart girl!

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  10. They say it will be 23 here tomorrow morning, but they've been about 10 degrees off lately. I guess it will be between 23 and 33, you have it easy there in WA!

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    1. Oh no, Elizabeth! Do you have your garden planted? Let's hope for the high end of that 23-33. Our TV weatherman says we're in the clear, the temps will just be going up from now on, but The Weather Channel says it will be 33 tonight.

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  11. I start planting as soon as the ground thaws, but I use row covers, some 6 mil plastic and agribon, so I'm okay. I don't plant tomatoes, etc., until June and they are in a greenhouse with covers for a while. Need lots of patience and have to use lots of tricks and extra precautions here in Montana. Looks like Monday and Tuesday will be around 70!

    How do you get your onions so nice and big? Whenever I buy onion transplants, they never take off after I plant them. Just planted some a couple days ago and they don't look good at all, hopefully the sets will come up okay.

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    1. Our forecast for both Monday and Tuesday is now 92, with nights finally in the 50s!

      I buy Walla Walla sweet onion plants, grown locally (we're less than 50 miles from Walla Walla). I've thought the plants looked inferior the past two years, compared to the ones I bought in 2010, but these smaller plants have actually given me larger bulbs. I trim the tops back to about 3-4" and also trim the roots if they are over about an inch long. I amend the bed with composted dairy manure and scratch in some pelleted organic 10-10-10 at planting time, then side dress with a bit more 10-10-10 about once a month. It does take them a while to take off and start growing, and sometimes the tops die back a bit.

      I say organic 10-10-10, but I actually buy whatever pelleted organic fertilizer the store happens to carry. The numbers might vary a bit from brand to brand. I have no luck at all growing large onions from sets, I've just given up even trying.

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  12. Phew, you dodged the bullet. My sister-in-law in Indiana was inspired by my garden to plant one this spring, but hers got flattened by heavy hail that broke the windows of their house. Annie is soooo cute.

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    1. Lou Murray, that is too bad. It's difficult for a seasoned gardener to lose plants due to the weather, but for someone just beginning to garden it would be terribly discouraging.

      Annie is a sweetie! She's our little lover girl.

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  13. Hi Annie, So glad the frost didn't hit your plants! I planted out tomatoes and green peppers today so hope we don't get a frost now either. Have to agree your little Annie is darling. Nancy at Cozy Thyme Cottage

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    1. Nancy, good luck with your weather! Ours is supposed to get really hot now, so the peppers and tomatoes should really take off. Annie said thank you for saying she is darling...she really is ;-)

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    1. And a lovable little cookie too, Susan!

      Who am I kidding...Annie spends most of her time cuddled up in her blanket. It could be 80 degrees and Annie would still cuddle in her blanket!

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  15. Hello!
    I followed the link over from 1st man although I have seen you comment on several garden blogs I peruse. I figured it was time I came over. Wow! Your garden is beautiful and magical. Love it!!

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    1. Thank you, and welcome to my blog, Shannan!

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  16. It's nice when they're wrong in your favor. Does this mean Annie is a tomato?

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    1. Stefaneener, Annie is "Miss Sweet Tomato" herself!

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