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Gearing up for a cooldown

Rooted sweet potato slips

It's hard to believe after a week in which the afternoons topped 90 degrees, but we're slated for a major cool-down today and tomorrow.  Friday night and Sunday night are both forecast to drop to 41...which could mean we'll see freezes on our frost-pocket farm.

Young pepper plant

So even though I have the ground ready and transplants well-rooted, I'll hold off on planting the rest of the tomatoes and all of the peppers and sweet potatoes until next week.  I'll already have to do a lot of prioritizing when I decide what to cover on Friday --- it'll be much easier to carry pots inside than to find yet more frost-protection for tender summer prima donnas.

I should get a better idea of what the actual Friday low will be soon.  The forecast calls for 44 tonight, so if that's 34, I'll know to cover like crazy on Friday.  If the forecast is closer to reality, I might just cover the tomatoes (one bucket per plant) and hope for the best.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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