We’re almost past the big freeze now and are starting to see the damage.
The uncovered radishes look like they’re totally destroyed, as are the kohlrabi I transplanted.
The wheat is fine, but most of the over-planted pasture looks like it’s toast. Almost no green left out there after all that time below freezing.
We had a lot of coffee plants and other tropicals on our closed-in porch, then I discovered that some of the pots near the edge of the room were starting to freeze, so we moved them all into the house. Looks like we lost some plants, though, including my only Cattley Guava.
It was startling how cold it got.
I talked to a local man and he told me it never – never – gets this cold for this long. This was truly a freak event.
I have a feeling it may even have killed the plants on my front porch, flat against the south-facing wall. That might be it for my Okinawa spinach, pineapples and other tropical herbs. I guess it wasn’t meant to be.
Tomorrow I’ll uncover some of the Satsumas and see if they managed to live in their sheet cocoons with barrels of water.
Come on, Greta… you’re such a disappointment. It was supposed to be getting warmer!
Looks like I may have to find hay for the cows now.
Sorry to hear that. Hopefully at least your pest levels will be low with the cold temp kill offs.
Yeah, that would be good.
Got to 22 here, moss bluff, fl. Will wait and see what comes back. I did have some things in the shop with a heat lamp that should be ok. Casava, mexican tree spinach, pineapple, etc… I have cattley guava that should be ok if you get in the area and want cuttings. That bush made it thru 22° in the past…
Ice on some things for >72hrs…
My mother assures me it’s been this cold before, but it’s a once-in-fifty-years type thing. She says one previous cold snap when she was a kid had it down in single-digit temps at night for a few days running, and that pretty much ended citrus export from the panhandle. Used to have Satsuma groves.
Don’t pull your tropical out yet. They may grow back from the roots.
You’re right. We just have to wait and see.