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ImageAndi
Nov 11, 2014 11:54 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
If it is in the 20's in Georgia, I don't want to think how cold it will be here!

Yuck!
ImageDanita
Nov 12, 2014 12:03 AM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
WW, That's exactly why we don't handle it well. Snow is infrequent enough that investing in the infrastructure to deal with it probably doesn't make sense most years. Then you have a winter storm like last winter and, YIKES, it's chaos! Blinking

I just hope it's a drier cold because that is bearable. We usually get damp, drizzly, bone-chilling cold. I've heard people from Minnesota complain about the cold here! Hilarious!
Imagestarlight1153
Nov 12, 2014 12:59 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Danita is sooooooooooooooo right. I'm a transplanted Northerner and it don't matter how many years I been down here. The cold, chills you right to the bone.

The worst part is most Southern folks don't know how to drive on black ice or even just a dusting of snow. Last winter I got down to 1F .... I listened all spring and summer to folks talking about lost plants and ruined gardens. Myself included. Still doing clean-up.

ImageAndi
Nov 12, 2014 7:25 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
I agree about the ice and the "wintery mix". One bright spot about last winter, we got mostly snow. It stayed around to provide plant cover. I didn't have to worry about ice until spring when the temperatures were freezing and thawing and refreezing....

I like all of the seasons, but I'm not ready for winter, yet. Ready or not, here it comes!

My neighbor, Barefoot Joe, recommended getting spikes to strap on your shoes. I am keeping my eyes open because I doubt they shovel around the lake. It is Winston's favorite walk and my favorite photo op.

I have been starting to fill winter sowing containers with potting mix. It is much easier to do that before the potting mix freezes solid. I was planning to wait until winter solstice to wintersow seeds, but I am tempted to throw in a few now. No one is going to complain about my containers, so I can line up as many as I want outside behind the detached garage (in the future vegetable garden). FYI, I use soda bottles placed in soda bottle holders like the stores use.
ImageAndi
Nov 12, 2014 7:33 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Now I am either seeing snow flurries, need to clean my glasses, or have piggy cataracts. the oak leaves are still falling. Mother nature should have a rule that it isn't allowed to snow until the leaves are done falling!
Imagetcs1366
Nov 12, 2014 7:35 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Andi -- I bought a pair of those once... I think they are called Trax or something like that. When I am in WI, I have this hill that goes down to my lot from the clubhouse parking lot... one year I slipped and fell twice due to the ice beneath the snow.

googled it and Yaktrax came up.... but you'll get the gist of it.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

Weedwhacker
Nov 12, 2014 8:29 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Andi wrote:Now I am either seeing snow flurries, need to clean my glasses, or have piggy cataracts. the oak leaves are still falling. Mother nature should have a rule that it isn't allowed to snow until the leaves are done falling!


That would definitely be a good rule !

Every year I say I'm going to get some Yaktrax, but still haven't done it... one year we had a "January thaw" where it was so warm (and rainy) that the snow was almost all gone, but our gravel driveway still had a layer of packed snow that was then covered with a layer of water from the rain... and then the temp suddenly dropped again and, no joke, you could have used it for ice skating Blinking (no wonder people go south for the winter!)

"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagechelle
Nov 12, 2014 8:50 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Couldn't do without mine here. They go on a dedicated pair of boots with the first ice and stay on all winter.
Imagetoomanyanimals
Nov 12, 2014 9:55 AM CST
Name: Sharon
near Detroit, MI
I've been slipping and falling for years and have never heard of these Yaktrex ... I'll have to look them up and ask for a special Christmas present. Whistling

Sorellina, I'd love to try the Painted Lady runner beans. So please let us know when you post them. Drooling

I found my way to the Thompson and Morgan site and found this
. "Companion planting: Try growing runner beans with sweet peas to attract pollinating insects to the flowers, and Nasturtiums to draw aphids away from your crop."
Now I'm sure all of you that grow all the veg's know this, but its new to me. So now I will have to oink for peas and nast's.

Greene, I got a kick out of naming the dog FOUND. A great name if you ask me! But yes, It wouldn't do in this this case. And naming him GEORGE is FUNNY! 'I will name him George, I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him' Thumbs up

ImageSorellina
Nov 12, 2014 10:09 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Good morning!

Slept like a rock in a coma, so feeling much better today. Brenda, I COMPLETELY understand how excited you were about yesterday's weather! Wasn't it AMAZING?? I got lots done and I feel much much better about what's left to do now. There are seeds and plant parts everywhere, I mean EVERYWHERE. I have lots of threshing to do in the coming weeks.

Thanks everyone for the feedback on the runner beans. I have a good idea which ones to list now.

Alana, you really made me chuckle with the 'to be specific' comment. That's so you. Hilarious!

Here are Michael and Francis using the dismantled bean trellises as a jungle gym to spy on their sister, Anna, who had just gone inside.


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Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
Imagetcs1366
Nov 12, 2014 10:13 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
>> :Blinking: (no wonder people go south for the winter!)

we have been spending time in FLA for years now, starting with 3 week, upwards of 10-12 .... DH bought a house last May and this will be our first full winter in central FL. DH just can not handle the cold weather anymore, with his arthritis.

Hmmmm - guess I won't need my trax anymore....
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageMistirose
Nov 12, 2014 10:18 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yea we must need to go further south...29F tonight lol
ImageDanita
Nov 12, 2014 11:08 AM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
I know some people here have ordered from them in the past, so I thought I'd mention that I'd found a free shipping code for Harris Seeds. I know I hate paying shipping costs! Angry

Harris Seeds
https://www.harrisseeds.com

Free Shipping on all orders (seeds, plants & supplies.)
code: 5PRA024
exp: 6/30/15

Smiling
Weedwhacker
Nov 12, 2014 11:58 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
If anyone was looking at my database today and saw that I marked the "Blue Peter" beans as being out, please disregard; I found my main bag of seeds and I actually have plenty to do another 6 packets, should anyone want them. (I really had no idea these would be so popular !)

Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Imagetcs1366
Nov 12, 2014 12:03 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
new thread... this one is getting long for Dial-Up'ers

come on over... ---- > http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/80439/
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

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