Wednesday, 8 July 2015

July, or January?

That's three times I've heard a frost warning for tonight, the latest being at supper-time with the forecaster announcing "when the sun goes down tonight the temperature will drop like a stone".

I have lots of horticultural fleece; it would be a shame not to use it and come out tomorrow morning and find the tomato plants ruined.



But draping fleece around fully grown plants (or rather, around the blasted bamboo canes) is no fun . . . hopefully in about 12 hours I'll be feeling silly for having been so over-cautious.

10 comments:

  1. Sounds more like winter here!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope your tomatoes survive and you get no more frost warnings till Autumn. We're in for a really cold weekend with snow forecast down to low levels, so we'll see. Stay warm at night and take care.

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    1. Thankfully Susan, it was a false alarm. Temp went down to 4 degrees in the greenhouse though, which means 2 or 3 outside .... far too cold for this time of year.

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  2. Frost? I never heard that forecast. I tend not to listen out for forecasts of frost in July though but you never know, stranger things have happened. I'm going to harvest my first tomato today, unfortunately it's split but it should still be edible.

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    1. Hi Jo, hope that first tomato was delicious :-)

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    1. That's what I thought Sue. Felt a bit daft draping the fleece everywhere but I'd have been more than a little p*ssed off to come out the next day and find frosted plants.

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  4. It did turn very chilly and David did mention he had unbelievably heard the word 'frost' but our tomatoes were ok and I don't think the temperature dropped as low as it did with you. Just need some to ripen now!

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    1. Glad David heard the same forecast, I did wonder if I'd imagined it :-)

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  5. Well? What happened :-) ? Hope your tomatoes live to fight another day!! What crazy weather ! You tend to think that you won't hear the 'F' word after the end of May !!

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    1. Jane, have now updated the blog and you can see we survived.

      I usually say our last frost date is "June" although it's generally the end of May, but we can get hit in October as well. It's not a very long frost-free growing season over here :-(

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