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RE: (OT) Figs and frost in zone 7 already?

  • Subject: RE: (OT) Figs and frost in zone 7 already?
  • From: "Mary Chastain" <MC_hosta@Bellsouth.net>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 09:13:02 -0400
  • Importance: Normal

Gerry I have not seen the maps. The fellow that told me about them manages forests for Bowater. He comes to the garden at least twice a year.  We often discuss early spring damage. He told me that he checked our area on his maps at the office and we were in a know cold pocket. We can get a really killing freeze and he will be fine. He lives in Cleveland which is north of me.
I sure need to try your type of fig. Mine is a large red brown one. I only get a few each year before the freeze hits. I remember when we were in school at Knoxville that Roy told me about a large fig tree where he had a room. It ripened early also but we have not been able to find one like it.
-----Original Message-----
From: owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com [mailto:owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Gerry/Bob O'Neill
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2001 6:49 AM
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
Subject: (OT) Figs and frost in zone 7 already?

Mary and Dan,

There must be a varietal difference in fig ripening..Mine ripened about a month ago, and right now has lost all its leaves for the winter. Have no idea what the cv is, since it was started from a passalong cutting a few years ago. We are technically z6b. The line for 7a is our southern county line, and here at the house I suspect we fall in that 7a zone, since we are on top of the ridge. My outside thermometer is reading 34 at the moment (6:30 am). Course, it's too dark yet to see the garden, and even 34 can do a number on tender perennials. I hope my basil is still alive!

Typically our temps in winter are a few degrees warmer than Knoxville (20 mi southeast), and in summer a few degrees cooler. Doesn't get any better than that!

I suspect there is frost out there, though, so I'll run out at first light and test Dan's theory about open sky exposure.

Mary, what are the "forestry maps" you are referring to?


At 01:31 PM 10/17/01 -0400, you wrote:
Dan, Sorry about your figs. Ours get frozen almost every year. The are just getting ready to ripen. Tonight will freeze them. Now if I were near the city instead up here on the north side of the lake they would probably be just fine. The growing season in Chattanooga is almost a month longer than mine. Compared to us they have two weeks in the spring and another in the fall when frost doesn't bother them. I am only 18 miles from the heart of town. We are in what is marked a cold pocket on the forestry maps. I have discovered it is also known as a dry pocket. If I had this life to live over, I would study maps like that before buying land and building a garden. size=2>Mary size=2>-----Original Message-----
From: owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com [mailto:owner-hosta-open@mallorn.com]On Behalf Of Dan Nelson
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 9:47 AM
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com
Subject: Re: watering looking leaves after frost, and frost in zone 7 already?

Hi Cindy, Our normal frost free season here in Bridgeville DE., zone 7, is from April 20th until October 20th. This year we were hit with record lows down to 26f two nights in a row about a week ago. I hate when that happens. I have two fig trees and they are loaded with figs and only a few have ripened......once frost kills the fig leaves.....it brings fig harvest to an end in a few days. I think I'll move to a little warmer climate. I wonder how figs do in the Atlanta area? Dan ============== ----- Original Message ----- From: href="mailto:cidjohnson323@mediaone.net">Cindy Johnson color=#000000> Hi Dan and everyone, Two things....is it typical for a warm zone 7 area to have hard frosts before those of us in a cold zone 4? The coldest we've had in my yard so far is about 30 deg. In fact, Cindy

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