Friday, January 21, 2011

Winter is Still Here

The National Weather Service predicts a possible freeze the south Florida vegetable farms next week.  The local news broadcasts indicated mid-30's early next week.  Some of the tropical plants should be looked over to see if there is anything worth saving from the previous freeze days we have experienced this year.  If there is still hope, then get the covers out.  Remember to cover the plants all the way to the ground to trap heat leaving the soil.  Wrapping the tops only will not protect the plant (looks like a lollipop before the wrapper is removed).

The real-time, local weather can be observed by going to the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) at http://fawn.ifas.ufl.edu/station.php?id=320 .  This is the Apopka site at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center.  It is not a predictive tool, but a real-time view that is updated every 15 minutes.

Stay warm; spring is not too far off.

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