There is a scary freeze warning tonight for all of Miami-Dade, including Coastal Miami-Dade. The wind is blowing cold and hard at 20 mph from the north, with gusts as high as 29 mph. It’s going to be a long night. There could be sub-freezing temperatures starting at 11pm tonight until as late as 9am tomorrow.
I’m feeling lucky because the garden is protected from wind in every direction, especially North and West. To the East I’ve got the bay 1 mile away and the river just a few hundred feet away, both of which help to regulate air temperature.
Just in case I covered up the tomatoes with tarps. At least it will keep the harsh wind off of them.
They are almost my height on the trellis and already have clusters of fruit. Being one of the most cold sensitive plants in the garden and the hardest to protect because of the trellising, it’s worth the effort.
There are other plants to worry about as well, but unfortunately, there is little that can be done for them. Bananas, basil, peppers, eggplant, loofah and the list goes on…
Some things will actually benefit from the chill. All the brassicas like cabbage, collards and kale will be sweeter after tonight! Carrots sweeten up with a chill too.
As for myself, I’m keeping my fingers crossed until the morning. Wish me luck!