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Just a friendly reminder that this will be headed down south in the next while.



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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget Bring your plants inside
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2023, 09:02:48 AM »
Wow you already have snow?
Itís about to get in the 30s now so I have to finish bringing everyone into the greenhouse.
Setup looks great!

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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2023, 10:09:45 AM »
Finished building my greenhouse last week! We just hit 32 last night :| I wasn't ready for summer to end.
Lovely greenhouse you've got up there.

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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2023, 10:24:48 AM »
Just had our first frost last night, and yesterday there was snow in the foothills. Totally overcast this morning and feels like snow.
But it's 65 and sunny in The Commonwealth of North Daintree, aka my greenhouse...



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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2023, 12:14:35 PM »
Our first frost warning was this morning here, so I did bring my citrus into the greenhouse this week, but the low today was only 35įF/1.6įC, and I didn't see any frost on my lawn. Tonight it will probably dip below freezing, though only barely. All my avocados are staying outside for now, though. I like to give the potted seedlings a taste of frost before bringing them in for the winter, so I can compare their frost tolerance at a young age. Some other members of the project are in areas with higher frost risk tonight, but Seattle is just in the "limited" zone:


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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2023, 12:44:34 PM »
It got cold down here (for Santa Barbara) quick, but still in the realm of acceptable night time lows for my plants. Wishing luck to all the zone-pushers this winter.

Always have to say it when I see it, love your greenhouse Tropicaltoba!

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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2023, 01:47:57 PM »
I am always impressed by gardeners far north and your setups.  Seriously awesome to see the zone pushing in action.

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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2023, 02:35:18 PM »
Everything was put inside a month ago, even then my rambutan dropped almost all its leaves. Fortunately it has recovered.

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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2023, 02:49:33 PM »
Looking like Monday will be the last warm day this year for me, so going to move everything inside next week. Should get to enjoy some Starfruit soon and I think my Eugenia stipitata has set fruit.





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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2023, 02:57:50 PM »
Just a friendly reminder that this will be headed down south in the next while.




I understand from a contact in Saskatchewan that winter arrived early even by their standards.

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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2023, 03:11:58 PM »
This almost brought tears to my eyes - I was told I was crazy growing tropicals up north...I am not alone! 😂 You people...my people! I'll post some pictures of my ghetto setup once everything's situated.

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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2023, 04:24:31 PM »
I already brought most of mine in a couple of weeks ago, when the lows reached the 40s. Now, all the citrus are coming in with lows in my area reaching the mid-30s. My weekend is spoken for. ::)

I agree with one of the previous posts that winter is arriving a little early, compared to recent history; though, as my mom, a fellow grower (of various houseplants, now considered heirlooms) told me, this is still later than when she would bring her plants inside 30 or 40 years ago.

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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2023, 06:51:41 PM »
I brought everything in a few weeks ago, but very little frost so far.  Oddly, there is a large tomato plant volunteer growing in my dirt pile that seems very happy despite regular 40f nights.  And I am waiting to see if my banana plant's fruit will ripen fully or if they are doomed runts.  I don't have space to give it another year, it was just a novelty.  I am waiting to see when it croaks outside as temps drop

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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2023, 07:55:46 PM »
Last year I was slacking and lost some plants I really wanted. This year I'm on top of it , everything's in but the stuff that needs some chill hours! I need tropicaltobas set up looks like a dream!!!! Only 1 hard frost here so far.
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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2023, 09:04:25 PM »
Took care of that a couple weeks ago even tho we barely just got our first light frost the other day. Just wanted to get it over with and be able to relax for the year. Also that time of the year where I come to the conclusion that I have way too much shit. Actually leaving some plants out this year and not saving them. Hit 37-38 the other night but goin up to 80 tomorrow, jersey weather has become bipolar over time lol




Cecropia tree unfazed by the low temps




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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2023, 09:27:55 PM »
OMG, and I thought MY greenhouse was full!
Your plants look like they are ready to break thrpugh the roof and escape...
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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2023, 09:40:44 PM »
OMG, and I thought MY greenhouse was full!
Your plants look like they are ready to break thrpugh the roof and escape...
 ;D

Oh itís packed to the max lol my greenhouse only serves two purposes storage in the winter and nursery for seedlings in the summer

This is how it started out a couple weeks ago




And now even more packed than this




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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2023, 09:59:20 PM »
Nick, I used to have it jam packed to the point where I couldnít even move. Threw out a couple on poorly productive Valencia  orange, key lime, banana. I actually like spending time in there now, which is good making sure the pests donít get out of control.

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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2023, 10:15:19 PM »
I agree, Tropicaltoba. One of the best things about my greenhouse is being able yo enjoy it! I don't move plants outside. The high desert sun bakes them. Have enough fans in the summer that it is pleasant year-round.
Plus, there is always the pub...


In case the print is too small or blurry to read, it says "The Laughing Impala Pub, est 2018"

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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2023, 10:31:26 PM »
I was really curious and had to zoom in. Where is the pub? Whatís their best drink?

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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2023, 10:35:38 PM »
I wish I could kick it in the greenhouse in the winter, itíd be a nice escape. You should see how I have to water this thing. Hose nozzle on jet settings and aim thru all the trees trying to water everything in the back. And thatís just whatís in the greenhouse. Easily have another 100 trees and seedlings in the actual house








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« Reply #21 on: October 28, 2023, 08:40:52 AM »
I was really curious and had to zoom in. Where is the pub? Whatís their best drink?

It is in the far Northeast part of the greenhouse.  Right by the furnace for chilly evenings.
They serve awesome margaritas (or whatever is in my fridge at the moment!), but my little parrots prefer the taste of blended grasshoppers.  They eat my mint, so maybe it is familiar...

And Nick, the solution to your problem is obvious - you need a bigger greenhouse! Mine has doubled in size since I originally calculated how much room I would need.

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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #22 on: October 28, 2023, 10:15:50 PM »
Last night was the first night the greenhouse heater turned on so far this fall (highlighted pink), and yet the exhaust fan also turned on today (blue)! 



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Re: For northern gardeners donít forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2023, 12:10:03 AM »
Last night was the first night the greenhouse heater turned on so far this fall (highlighted pink), and yet the exhaust fan also turned on today (blue)! 


I really like how you have data for your greenhouse.
Do you care to share your setup on how it's done?
Really intruiged.

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Re: For northern gardeners don’t forget to bring your plants inside
« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2023, 12:49:55 AM »
I really like how you have data for your greenhouse.
Do you care to share your setup on how it's done?
Really intruiged.

It's definitely an overly complicated DIY setup that relies on raspberry pi, a web server, a mySQL database, scripts in PHP, JavaScript, and python... Oh and a bit of soldering!

I did a detailed write-up on another forum but honestly it is more a project for someone who already likes to tinker with electronics, single-board computers, and coding. I'm sure there are better off-the-shelf weather stations that don't require any of those things!

You can at least play with the output on the avocado project website by clicking on the available date ranges on this page, and you can toggle the greenhouse and outside lines by clicking their label above the chart:

https://www.drymifolia.org/data.php

The chart uses the open source Chart.js JavaScript library, so there's very little original JavaScript code.

Edit: Heater turned on again briefly a few times this morning. This is my first winter using the Thermo Cube TC-3 to control the heater instead of the heater's own thermostat (which turns on at 44įF on the lowest setting, much warmer than I need). It seems to be doing a good job of preventing a freeze in the greenhouse while saving me on heating costs.



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