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Questions tagged [cold-weather]

For questions about gardening during cold weather conditions

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How low of temperature can hot pepper plants tolerate?

How low of of temperatures can my hot pepper plants (I have a few different types) tolerate overnight? What about the fruit (some is ripe, some is not) on the plants? I have a few nights forecasted ...
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My 3 types of shiso is turning the same color, could it bounce back?

I was at my garden for the first time in 2 weeks, and noticed that my shiso was all the same color, could this be from the week of cloudy conditions, or is it from the weather getting cooler all the ...
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Trees for southern Idaho/northern Utah mountain environment

My goal is to find trees that would survive in the fairly harsh climate of the mountains of northern Utah/southern Idaho (near Bear Lake). Being in the mountains, it is around 7,000 feet. The trees ...
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How do you grow a plant not in your hardiness zone?

I understand that greenhouses are an option, this question is more towards being able to grow plants that normally prefer colder climates without having to spend loads of money on climate control. I ...
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Young saplings in winter temperatures periodically

I noticed a few days ago that the young saplings started unfolding their leaves already(except for the one in my pot outside, maybe frozen soil is preventing the growth of leaf buds for that sapling ...
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Will the worm population in my raised beds be OK during cold or hot weather?

I'm in zone 4 and just finishing up building some 3' tall garden boxes. In the winter, the whole thing will definitely freeze. I'm worried that my earthworms are going to have to burrow 3' + 16" ...
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Building Gothic High Tunnel (Elliot Coleman style) in Alaska

I'm in the middle-phase of planning an Elliot Coleman gothic hoop house. I have ordered the pipe bender from JohnnySeeds.com and am wondering if anyone has any experience in building in a cold ...
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Can I grow a fall-winter flowering witch hazel bush in Zone 6?

I live in Massachusetts, Northeast United States, Zone 6. The lowest temperature in our coldest months can go down to -10°F (-23°C), although it's usually a bit warmer. While reading an article ...
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Why don't people cultivate sarana (Kamchatka Lily)?

Cultures around the far northern Pacific rim enjoy the lily root, sarana. Supposedly its slight bitterness is satisfying in both sweet and savory preparations. My information is not complete, but in ...
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Should I be worried about cold snaps affecting my sugar maple seedlings?

I have tried growing maples and this is my fifth attempt. I started vermicomposting in May of this year. It is direct vermicomposting (earthworms in the pot, and feeding them in the same pot that I ...
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Will tomato fruits stunted in size by cold still develop seeds in a timely fashion?

If I have a Legend tomato plant with a very small green tomato that isn't growing larger due to the cold (the tomato has been there the same size since about the beginning to early middle of October), ...
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How to protect a lawn against frost?

It is winter time in Sydney Australia and the first frost came this morning. Is it true that the sun rises and the frost crystals act like magnifying glasses and that is how the grass is damaged? ...
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Permeable paving in cold climate

Does anyone have recommendations for permeable driveway/paving for cold climates? Not a fan of the plastic grids with grass. Here in Eastern Ontario (Canada), there is lots of snow and ice so it must ...
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What is this perfumed arbust and can it survive deep frost?

I saw below arbust in Geneva. It was planted into a hail behind a metallic fence. It has started blossoming lately in the beginning of June. I wander what it is. Does anyone know? It has great ...
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How to safely keep plants in greenhouse at low temperatures

I'm a 2nd year gardener and am just now building a small 6x9' greenhouse onto the side of a shed. I've got some indoor starts that are beginning to take up a lot of space (my okra is ~9" tall!), and ...
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Just *how* hardy are leeks, kale and brussel sprouts?

I'm wondering if these plants will last another two weeks to Thanksgiving. I live in northern Vermont and the gardening season is well over. We turned over and composted the beds, and have had many ...
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How late into fall is perennial transplanting viable?

What is the generally rule of thumb (if there is one) for transplanting perennials? I have a bunch of hostas to divide and transplant. I could wait until spring, but wondering how late into fall I ...
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Tropical Plants Fruiting in Temperate Climates

I live in hardiness zone 4, where not much can survive the winter, but I have been able to grow many tropical plants by bringing them inside before the frost, or by keeping them in my office year ...
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What is a good aggressive groundcover for high elevation mountain west?

Our mountain community is fighting an epidemic of invasive garlic mustard. It loves the shade and nothing eats it. I have to fight it every year with roundup and a lot of hand-pulling. I am ...
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My live berry plants have been here a week. When do I put them in the ground?

I have raspberry and blackberry plants from Burpee that showed up here last week. Yesterday was the first day above freezing here in New Jersey (USA). There is still unmelted snow in my yard, and the ...
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Should I prune lavender on a cold/wet day in Spring?

I'd like to prune lavender for the spring season. Today it's a cold and wet day (2 to 7 degrees Celsius and some rainfall, in Europe), the weather forecast says next week will be sunny, but I'll ...
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What can I replace my garden with?

I'm in a situation where its a waste of time, effort and money to take care of our many little gardens (Different separate gardens ranging between 20-90 meters square). Briefly, we rarely visit them ...
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Why does my hardiness zone not match the historical weather?

I looked up my town on this website and it says that I'm in zone 9b (25F - 30F average minimum temperature). However, the historical data shows that the temperature never dropped below 41F in the ...
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Zoysia temperature range

I'm interested in replacing my lawn with Zoysia (Empire or Empress). But I've heard it's intolerant of low temperature. Using the USDA Hardiness scale, what is the minimum it would tolerate?
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Alpine strawberries growing conditions

I remember eating the most flavourful and fragrant alpine strawberries in Germany a few years ago, and I'd like to try growing them in my garden in South Africa. The climate is obviously quite ...
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Are plants cloned from a hardened donor effectively pre-hardened?

I got a clone of a nice oregano from someone recently and this oregano had apparently managed to survive through a frosty winter outdoors in the south of Ireland. I was very impressed as I've always ...
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How low (and for how long) does the temperature need to be before I need to worry about covering my outdoor vegetable garden?

I have an outdoor vegetable garden in South Florida. The garden consists of things like tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, peas, and squash. Everything was started from seed about 2 months ago. I don't have ...
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How to automatically vent a cold frame during the Winter?

I am working on building a cold frame and have purchased a Univent automatic opener to vent the cold frame by lifting the lid/light. However the Univent opener is not supposed to subjected to ...
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Cold weather protection - fleece, mesh, polythene?

This MyTinyPlot.co.uk blog post photo showing some enviably healthy looking autumn lettuces under protection got me down the garden centre today looking at protection options for my autumn/winter veg. ...
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Should I insulate my compost heap?

I understand that compost heaps have an ideal temperature for the bacteria to decompose the material into compost. Living in the changeable Great Britain, the weather can be windy, rainy, sunny and ...