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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Redbud Winter? FREEZE WARNING!

Posted Friday, March 18, 2016, at 7:57 AM
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  • What happened to Bradford pear winter?

    -- Posted by lets be real on Fri, Mar 18, 2016, at 11:57 AM
  • Bradford wasn't nominated this year.

    You folks ARE going to Daffodil Day in Bell Buckle today, right?t

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 19, 2016, at 9:46 AM
  • It may be too early to determine the damage from last night but we got to 28 . I don't expect any damage to my peas, spinach and cabbage, but.....

    Since I have some unexpected surprises in two of my milk jugs, I moved them to the greenhouse. I want to see what they are and their leaves make me think they are NOT cold-hardy.

    Arrrgh! Just had a cat throw up on my desk. Maybe 3 seconds of warning so I could not get her off in time. Sometimes guys.......

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 21, 2016, at 9:31 AM
  • I don't remember but I think that it has to be at 28 degrees for 4 or 6 hours before damage will occur. It may depend how warm it had gotten

    -- Posted by Tyger on Tue, Mar 22, 2016, at 8:03 AM
  • You are right about different variables. My garden might freeze while my neighbors doesn't.

    Mine might be open to cold winds, have less heat storage around it (rocks, water, etc.) Mine could also be a little lower and cold air settles down, If it does not "drain" to somewhere else, the cold sits and does its' thing.

    Did the neighbor water just before the freeze and droplets were still on the leaves? Usually not a good thing but frozen water actually insulates the leaves and it might be just enough.

    Gardening can be fascinating and frustration all at the same time.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Mar 22, 2016, at 8:45 AM
  • Fig trees (bushes) are putting out buds. Now that could be a problem if we get a hard freeze and several years back it wiped out my figs for the whole year.

    This year I will do something if it gets close.

    Also a good time to divide the roots so I may have some to give away at garden club meetings. These are selling between $12 -20, so it will be a nice door prize.

    The next full meeting will be April 8th at the Extension office. Not sure of the agenda yet, so if you have requests, the lines are open. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Mar 22, 2016, at 1:44 PM
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