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Feb 18, 2015 6:56 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
brrrr..brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. and brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Boy it is cold this morning. I'm at 22F and with 35mph winds all day long will probably stay around that temp from wind chill. I'm not looking forward to tomorrow or the next day. With wind chills tomorrow morning I'll be at 0F -10F. Gonna be a cold one and have to drip pipes for several days for sure. I'll be climbing the walls if my pipes freeze and I don't have my coffee all day long. That happens and I wil not be fit company even for myself. Hilarious!

Lisa Thanks for checking in. Big Grin Yep, I like to know everybody is ok. It's kinda like checking up on family members, except ya all the piggy family.

Just seen the morning world news. What a mess up North. Temps 40degrees below normal. All those accidents from hidden ice under the snow in KY and TN. Hope everybody in the arctic cold areas is able to stay home and safe.

Quoting:I'm not altogether sure, but I'm waiting to put any more outdoors until temps start to move away from the sub-zero zone. Putting containers out from an indoor 70 degrees to an outdoor 32 degrees seems like it would be stressful enough, but to have an eighty+ degree drop, instantaneously, seems a bit too much like asking for trouble.

I totally agree with you. Seeds can handle alot of different temps if they don't germinate. If they are not germinating, they are missing and ingredient needed. Maybe it is soil or water or temperature, but something missing will keep them in dormancy.

You take those containers with seeds and you have given them water, even though your mix may only be barely damp, it can be enough to cause a seed to germinate and with those extreme cold temps. The seedlings are going to freeze. You may not see where the radical (root) has emerged , the radical freezes and potential seedling dies even before germinating good.

Most of your plants aren't even going to attempt to do any growing when temps are at 40-50F. They will sit there and pout. For some it is a severe strain to try and stay alive and they will not grow properly or at all.

We do so dislike having to wait to try and get seed started and plants outside. We're gardeners. We want to see our blooms again and plants growing and flourishing. It's what makes us happy, but there won't be any happy smiles if your freeze your seed to death.

Too, folks need to be careful with starting seeds indoors. The other extreme is cooking your seeds to death so they don't germinate. You may be using a heat mat and have temps set at say 70F, but get a cheap kid's thermometer and actually stick it down into your soil to the bottom and see what the real temperature is. You containers are going to heat, especially the plastic and it will heat that soil up and you may just find your not at 70F, but 80F and that will cook your newly emerging seeds and their little new root. Especially if you have a lot of condensation building up on your lids. People sometimes forget that the condensation is building from the soil heating up. It's like giving your seeds a bath is scalding hot water.

It's well worth it to spend a couple of bucks and get a thermometer and test your containers and soil constantly. Especially if you have only like a few seeds of something rare or special to you, prepare you containers, put them on your heat mats or outside for winter sowing or where ever you plan to have them sprouting and leave the containers there for several days and than test the temp of soil. Do it in that area where the container is being kept. Don't bring your containers say from the outside inside, let sit on counter for several hours and than take a soil temp. Your readings will be worthless.

Once you take your readings and you can see that the soil temp is optimal for seed germination than plant your seed and set back to the germination site you have picked. Yes, it is an extra step and most folks are too impatient to do it. Your only taking a few extra days before sowing, but it really can help raise your germination rates and help you have a better chance of growing those few precious seeds.

Chelle I may have asked you and have forgotten, but what size netting are you buying from the store for row covers. Are you stitching the pieces all together? With the size you buy and use, how much of a ceiling space do you have under the cover?

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