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Post  QuercyGarden on 5/23/2013, 2:30 am

The weather here in SW France has been horrid - really cool with lots of rain. It is not predicted to go above 56 degrees (13 degrees Centigrade) for the next three days, and the temperature will go as low as 37 degrees (5 degrees C). I have planted my tomatoes, but I have hesitated to plant zucchini, cucumber, peppers and eggplant. Starting on Sunday, the weather is predicted to get slightly better. Next week the lows are expected to be in the mid to high 40s, and highs should be in the low to mid 60s. Will this be warm enough to plant my other vegetables, or should I continue to wait for warmer weather?
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Post  dvelten on 5/23/2013, 5:18 pm

I would wait on the eggplant and peppers for sure. Cold will set them back and they will then grow slowly, so you do not gain by rushing them out in cold weather. The squash and cucumbers like warm weather as well. If growing them from seed you could try planting them now but they may not germinate. I usually wait until June to plant them. This is good weather for lettuce, carrots, and radishes, plant some of those if you have planting fever. Smile
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Post  QuercyGarden on 5/23/2013, 5:36 pm

Thanks for the reassurance. It seems so late to have to wait until June to plant, but it does make sense weather-wise. I just hope that the tomatoes won't be set back too much with this cold.
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Post  plantoid on 5/23/2013, 5:37 pm

@QuercyGarden wrote:The weather here in SW France has been horrid - really cool with lots of rain. It is not predicted to go above 56 degrees (13 degrees Centigrade) for the next three days, and the temperature will go as low as 37 degrees (5 degrees C). I have planted my tomatoes, but I have hesitated to plant zucchini, cucumber, peppers and eggplant. Starting on Sunday, the weather is predicted to get slightly better. Next week the lows are expected to be in the mid to high 40s, and highs should be in the low to mid 60s. Will this be warm enough to plant my other vegetables, or should I continue to wait for warmer weather?

I'm in the same boat as you Quercy ,
In the end I got a coin out , heads for plant out ... tails for keep in the green house.. It came down heads, come rain shine or fog most plants will be out in the gardens save for my beefsteak tomatoes , capsicums , aubergenes & Sungold tomatoes .
I'll be sowing more of their seeds in the heated beds under LED UV lights tomnorrow just incasee jack frost comes and nips their fingers and toes.
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Post  QuercyGarden on 5/23/2013, 5:46 pm

I wish you the best of luck, Plantoid. I have put Walls-of-Water around some of my tomatoes, but I am not sure that they are doing any good because we have had so little sunshine to warm up the water. Tonight when we were driving home, the car thermometer registered an external temperature of 3 degrees centigrade. The farmers in this area are really fearful for their hay, fruit trees and melons.
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Post  plantoid on 5/23/2013, 5:56 pm

At 5 oC in the late of day it's time to put fleeces over everything and weight it down .

Soft ice crystals start to form at 3 oC and by dead mans hours 02.00 till 04.00 hrs will usually have formed in the uncovered plants damaging them if the early evening temp was only 5 oC
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Post  QuercyGarden on 5/24/2013, 4:25 am

I'm afraid that my tomatoes had to get along on their own last night. However, they appear ok this morning. The rest of my vegetables are basking in the warmth and humidity of our bathroom window.

We awoke to a pleasant surprise this morning - sunshine! However, the clouds have now rolled in, and it is supposed to rain the rest of the day and all of tomorrow.
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