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Re: HYB: freeze damage

I try not to start thinning out the "companion" plants much until after stalks start forming. By the time stalks are already up, the companions won't provide much protection.

I was looking at the seed pots a few minutes ago - in one, 4 seedlings were up when they got frozen. Two weren't damaged, one lost one leaf, one lost its entire top. Better to lose them now, while they are still in a 4 inch pot, than go to the trouble of planting them in the ground, only to lose them to the first abrupt freeze. Most of the seedlings look like they were either unaffected or only lost parts of leaves. Damaged parts are turning brown, so may show up better in a photo than earlier attempts.

<Amount of weeds ( er companion plants) around a plant will also make a survival factor. Chuck Chapman>

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