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  • will will

    Really felt this chill. Had a roof reading at 20f on Friday night as air mass plowed through without obstruction. No visible ice though. I’m not sure what thermodynamics were at play as the air a few feet off the ground was substantially warmer and all the large trees have been packed heavily with mulch and logs - effectively turning the trees themselves into a radiator in this frigid air. In other news the older dog doesn’t mind the cold when going for walks but the little one sure does.

    I am getting cornered today as we had some rain. Doubtful that this water will evaporate any time soon.

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    @agroforestry said:

    <p>This is great, I have had this problem with my farm as well. The high ph causes this problem- the technical term is chlorosis. Ammonium sulfate definitely solves this problem but in my experience, it is a somewhat dangerous short-term solution and I stopped using it because I drink water from my well. I found that the chemicals eventually leached into my system. Not the end of the world but going forward the past few years I use these three steps at my farm:</p><p><strong>Short term:</strong> I dilute <em>Southern Ag Chelated Liquid Iron</em> with water and pour that around my plants. Results- 1 week; lasts 1 month</p><p><strong>Mid-term:</strong> I add <em>Monterey LG7115 Dr Soil Acidifier Granules Iron and Elemental Sulfur Acidic Fertilizer</em> around my plants which is a slow release of the short-term step. Results- 1 month; lasts 4 months</p><p><strong>Long-term:</strong> Build soil- this naturally will even out to give a ph of around 6. I do this with compost, biochar, and worm castings. Results for life (also cheapest)</p><p></p><p>I know I used name brands but I didn't link because I am not affiliated. I find that telling people the exact brand helps save them time but please, by all means, shop around. The main point is Liquid Iron and Iron Granules.</p>

     Great post! I've started experimenting with some different mulching techniques to address the ongoing water/ph problem (my ground water is extremely alkaline for one). Working in more pine needles, bark, etc (mainly because I have no where else to put it while maintaining the grounds) one of the positives here is with heavy mulching watering has went down to literally 0. 

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    @roadkill

    Hey Rk - have you lost any whole plants yet??

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  • will will

    extracts suck. The aka used to view them in an unfavorable light.

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  • will will

    icicles??? thats insane. They look fantastic considering what they went through. i think damaged plant tissue shows its self pretty quickly. The ground stayed well above freezing, especially in areas that were well mulched.

    I used to water when it got down into the low 40s but i was afraid of shock or providing more water for freezing. Even today i waited for it to warm up as the ground water never dips below 70

    Now i will just focus on mulching and planting more banana and coconut to cut exposure to the north.

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    been checking temps since 3am. Started nose diving hard but temps are creeping back up a few degrees. Just enough to halt frost hopefully. sunrise will be in about an hour. It was a good 8 to 10f below reports, the roof temps were extraordinarily low. 

    I have been in ground for eight or nine years and have never not been home and safely say wtf 

    on a side note i found a snake crawling up the door, and alligators frozen in place

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  • will will

    roof is now reading 20f. road is 28, leaf is almost at freezing but yet to frost over. although it seems that will happen real quick. I can only imagine what its like up north of here

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    roof was reading 24f. Bowls of water already below freezing. In almost 9 years i’ve never seen a frost. Unbelievable 

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  • will will

    wow keep the pics coming. Absolutely insane

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    This wind cuts right through my coat. Looking at 34 here tonight. 

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