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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:22 pm 
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sunday is spring and the weather for the next week in the middle of Victoria is a low of 4 degrees next saturday; higher any other day.
the planting zone here is temperate I have been told.

so have frosts ever finished at the start of September?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:56 pm 
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Where I used to live near Hamilton, we've still had frosts in November. I never planted the Tomato plants until late November as they would always be hit over for sure. I started using opened plastic bottles over the plants to help them along.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:14 pm 
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Here in Canberra we get lulled into complaceny by early Spring weather, but there's always a frost round the corner. October long weekend for tomatoes and not before :)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:01 pm 
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i asked in hope that maybe it wasn't just me getting sucked in this year & it might really be okay to plant my tomatos and to remove the big tarp that allows our little garden to exist in winter but is bits UGLY.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:50 pm 
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Yeah, you :pray and hope that nurseries that are flooded with the plants in August are right in saying its ok to plant then. But without protection you would be pretty lucky to make it through. :pat

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:45 pm 
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We had so few frosts over winter - very unusual - that this might be one of the few years one could plant early.

However, the usual principle here is plant tomatoes on Melbourne Cup weekend. October Long weekend at the earliest. Even if we don't get a frost, a drop just above freezing could set back tomatoes and their ilk for weeks.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:55 pm 
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It's posts like this that remind me why winter and spring in QLD is so good. We had 32 on Saturday and 28 today. I've been wearing shorts and thongs for a while now and already put my long sleeve shirts away for another year. I just picked a hand of lady finger bananas and noticed that my mango trees are already budding. As for tomatoes they just about grow all year around up here.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:20 am 
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:yess I agree Roostertail, that's why we came up here too; but the trade off is the humid wet season which can rot all the vegies at that time.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:31 pm 
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Bit weird here ground still has puddles around the tanks but it hasn't rains for 5 days also its 30 today. Think Adelaide is going to have a hot one this year. Not the best time for the aircon to break :(


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