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Post  mollyhespra Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:06 am

BRRRR.

That's all I have to say.  Sweltering heat for a week and then it snowed yesterday with lows in the low 30s up by me last night.  

Supposed to be in the 40s for the high today.  Maybe I'll turn the compost pile. 

How's the weather where the rest of you are at?
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Post  OldCrow Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:50 pm

Same wild weather in Mid-Maine. Last couple weeks tank tops and shorts were the order of the day, today sweat pants and shirt. And of course frost last night Sad
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Post  Scorpio Rising Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:47 pm

We didn’t get that cold here in Ohio, but we have experienced the same meteoric temperatures!  Warming now...
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Post  OldCrow Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:42 pm

Looks like we are finally post frost. This has been a good lesson about our micro climate. I lost my last cucumber in my 36inch elevated bed on June 3rd-4th night Sad  But again the in ground raised bed cucumbers were fine. thinking I suppose the ground has warmed up and the raised bed's heat loss is much less than a bed floating 3ft in the air. 
Can't say how much I love that air bed. 
Also can't say how much I love having this garden to distract my mind from the chaos occurring in the USA, so happy I live in the country.  
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Post  mollyhespra Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:46 pm

I think you must be right about the temp difference being due to heat loss in that raised bed...maybe use it to your advantage to grow cooler weather crops?

I think were past LF here now, too. As of today? Or is it tomorrow-- the days are all running into each other.

So the nightshades went out to start getting hardened up this morning being as it was cloudy. I checked the weather report before I put them out and it said partly cloudy, then partly sunny in the afternoon. At around noon it started to rain and thunder.

I checked the forecast again. NOW it said severe weather headed my way with possibility of high wind gusts and hail.

Great.

So I improvised a tent over the bed where I'd just deposited some 70 plants or so and crossed my fingers.

No gusts, no hail. Phew!

Tonight it's calling for overnight rain and lows in the 40s, so I just tightened up the tent and left them out. Hopefully, they'll be ok under there.

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Post  OldCrow Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:30 am

Yeap another lesson learned, Segregate the cold tolerant from the thin blooded type Smile 

Now I'm gun shy and covered my cucumbers last night even though the local news said low 50s, I measured 40F this morning! 

Hope your 70 warm weather types survived. 
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Post  mollyhespra Mon Jun 08, 2020 12:44 pm

Good call, OC! Just can't rely on the weather these days. Better to be safe than sorry.

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So far so good. I threw some 6 mil clear plastic film over those hoops and clipped them on with clothespins and binder clips. They stayed nice and toasty under there. Only today the wind has picked up and I had to take the plastic down because it was getting blown all over the place.
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Post  OldCrow Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:15 pm

Hey Molly, 
Are those hoops PVC pile? If so how did they get that fixed bend to make a peak? 
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Post  mollyhespra Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:15 pm

They're 1/2" electrical conduit. I got a large sheet of plywood and drew the arc that I wanted and then drilled screws into the plywood along the shape then carefully used the screws to bend the conduit into shape. That's why they are not even, but as long as they're all facing the same way it doesn't matter much. I need to attach another length of conduit along the ridge for extra stability.
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Post  OldCrow Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:50 pm

I suppose those electrical pipes could even stand up to a bit of snow!

I'm headed out with all kinds of little containers for the delicate plants, think cucumber Smile 
The weather says 51F tonight but...... 
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Post  mollyhespra Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:44 pm

Better safe than sorry for sure!

Yes, I succesfully overwintered some kale in one of my beds. Problem was that it got so hot in there in the early spring that the kale got roasted. I had no way to ventilate it. 🤷
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Post  Scorpio Rising Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:17 pm

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Post  mollyhespra Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:23 pm

I know, right? Survived our arctic winter only to get killed by my oversight in the spring.  I think one of them actually did make it.  One out of like 9 plants?

Lows in the 40s again tonight, so the nighshades are back under cover.  Here's a picture of the hoops with my high-tech fastening system.   okay

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Post  AtlantaMarie Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:00 am

As long as it works.... :-)
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Post  Scorpio Rising Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:10 pm

AtlantaMarie wrote:As long as it works....  :-)
Agree!
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Post  mollyhespra Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:26 am

It's been a very very dry Spring up by us.

Forecast called for rain and thunder last night, today and tomorrow.

It sprinkled a bit this morning and now the sun is peeking between the clouds.

Anyone know a good rain dance?

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Post  OldCrow Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:28 am

Don't know about rain but we get plenty of cool temp & Fog. I just(6/8/20) sowed some Romano Bush Bean which said something about a couple days of cool wet weather is really bad and could rot the beans! Please Sun come back! 
Today the bean locations still have their covers on, as well as the cucumbers Smile
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Post  mollyhespra Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:48 pm

That's interesting. I've heard that also, but then I pre-sprout my beans inside and only put them out once they've got a nice root going. Which reminds me, it's time to start pre-sprouting. Thanks for the reminder, OC!
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Post  Scorpio Rising Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:28 pm

We have had wildly labeled temps here, it was in the 90s on Wednesday and woke up today to cool and damp, it’s maybe 60 here now!
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