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Can These Peas Be Saved?

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Can These Peas Be Saved?

Post  donnainzone5 on 10/3/2012, 2:29 pm

Since this is my first winter here in Central Oregon and I planted quite late, I'm desperately trying to save my luxurious square of peas. They're in full bloom, and some small pods have already formed.

Here's the problem: nighttime temps are supposed to be in the 20s all week, falling to 20 degrees Friday night! Last night, I covered my SFG with two layers of frost cloth and 6 mm of plastic sheeting. Everything survived nicely.

My question is, even with protection, can anything survive under such cold conditions? Shocked

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Post  walshevak on 10/3/2012, 3:55 pm

according to eliot coleman, you can keep a lot growing in a pretty cold climate using a double hoop method .

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Post  happycamper on 10/3/2012, 4:38 pm

They will survive the way you have them covered. Peas are very cold hardy. Mine survived serveral night temps in the mid 20's during the winter before but I lost them when we hit 16-18 degrees. Keep in mind that they were not covered like yours are!
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Post  camprn on 10/3/2012, 4:41 pm

Be sure to uncover them during the daytime. I believe there will be cell division at 36F but if they actually freeze, time's up.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 10/3/2012, 4:46 pm

Whew! Perhaps I'll get a crop yet! Thanks for the helpful advice. thanks Now, I'll have to get some more blankets for myself....

And you should see the monster zucchini I'll have to pick soon! cheers

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Post  Hoggar on 10/4/2012, 12:15 pm

My First year I started too early and ended up keeping my hoop
covers warmer by setting a 5gal bucket of hot water in an empty
square and closing up the hoops. Then when I had a super cold
night I set my small automatic heater in the hoop house on its
lowest setting. That got me through the last late freezes of spring.
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