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bananabat
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SO COLD! So soon!

I've got red & Chinese cabbage, collard greens, onion, garlic, carrots, beets, spinach, lettuce, pole beans, kale, kohlrabi, and broccoli growing on the north side of my house.

I live in central/southeastern TX, and we're about to have some very uncharacteristic winter weather come through - lows in the upper teens are predicted for a couple of nights.

How much do I need to worry? I plan on watering heavily before it hits, then covering with blankets and a large tarp. I'll give the beans some extra attention; they've already been damaged by temps in the low 30s.

Can anyone from a typically cooler climate lend some experience?

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bananabat
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It's coming soon! Please help, helpful gardeners!

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Kisal
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I would cover the plants as best you can. Old blankets, hay, straw, what-have-you ... empty flowerpots/planters, even just a plastic yard bag dropped over a plant will protect against short-term lows into the mid 20s, but I'm not sure how much it would help with temps down into the teens. :(
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We are experiancing 8-10 days strait of sub freezing nights here... I feel your pain!

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