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last night. it took me by surprise because yesterday
was busy and i didn't check the forecast. even if i had i
may not have done anything different because it has been so
far off this year anyways.

the creeping thyme had some white on it this morning and
the two birdbaths had ice on them so it certainly got below
freezing last night.

we'll see today what beans i can rescue for eating and
how other things fared. if i have to do some picking,
shelling and cooking today that's ok.

we got the squash picked and put in the garage a few
days ago so it could dry/cure.

time to start thinking about where i'll plant the garlic
for next summer's harvest and if i want any green garlic
for earlier.


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On Sat, 19 Sep 2020 09:27:36 -0400, songbird
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last night. it took me by surprise because yesterday
was busy and i didn't check the forecast. even if i had i
may not have done anything different because it has been so
far off this year anyways.


We got a very light frost the same night; some bush beans near the
ground got singed, but a tuberous begonia in the front of the house
did not. Even some basil survived, and as you know even the forecast
of frost will kill basil.
I've covered the tomatos I planted rather late to hopefully protect
them until warmer weather next week....the "Golden Jubilee" plants
have a lot of full-sized green tomatos, and they're SWMBO's favorite.

.....and Orion is visible out an east window if nature gets me up in
the wee hours.

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Only rarely do we have frost before Hallowe'en and most years not until
December or January, if at all. I keep watering stations for whatever
itinerant beasts might wander by and they rarely have any evidence of
frost or of freezing.


we empty them out and cover them up for the winter to
prevent freezing damage from taking them out.

raccoons/etc. have two almost constantly running drainage
ditches to get water from all year, the birdbaths they will
use at times, as will the deer and the bees, but mostly i
want them for attracting the birdies, which act as bug
harvesters and fertilizer makers.


Spent the greater part of yesterday cutting a couple of rampant
muscadine vines back into submission and shall continue that project
today. That's a real treat which some might find entertaining to watch,
given my lack of coordination and muscle control. Those vines normally
are pruned for production only after dropping their leaves in autumn but
these two are completely out of bounds and have climbed into nearby
trees. Maybe after one more coffee and the Vivaldi recording on the box
is done. But then, again, maybe it'll rain....


no rain in the forecast here until next Saturday or so, but
that can change...

perfect weather really. if it were like this the whole
summer we'd be pretty well set for getting a lot more done
around here. then again, i don't mind having a good excuse
for a siesta when it gets too hot outside.

grape vines can produce a large amount of extra growth.
i used to keep some vines as a kid and then here for a
few years... just chop the sticks small enough so that
they'll dry out in a season and then they won't have an
easy time regrowing.

we have wild grape vines here that would gladly take
over anything they can climb on. every once in a while i
have to cut them back. it is too bad they don't actually
work well for erosion control.


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Gary Woods wrote:
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We got a very light frost the same night; some bush beans near the
ground got singed, but a tuberous begonia in the front of the house
did not. Even some basil survived, and as you know even the forecast
of frost will kill basil.


it was certainly more than a light frost here with ice
forming in the birdbaths. one is a pretty big thing (a
steel drum covered with rocks/cement) that should take a
while to cool off to get cold enough to freeze...


I've covered the tomatos I planted rather late to hopefully protect
them until warmer weather next week....the "Golden Jubilee" plants
have a lot of full-sized green tomatos, and they're SWMBO's favorite.


we're about done with tomatoes here. good season for
us. put up nearly three hundred quarts of tomato juice
or tomato chunks.


....and Orion is visible out an east window if nature gets me up in
the wee hours.



perhaps that's why they call them the wee hours?


songbird


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