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December 18, 2019

 “You change your mind like a girl changes clothes…Cause you’re hot then you’re cold.” Is Katy Perry singing about South Carolina’s weather in her lyrics above?  Our weather sure keeps me asking myself every morning, “Long johns or no long johns.”  This Sunday, the first day of December, is definitely a no long john day. Yesterday, however, was a long john day.  

We are fortunate here in South Carolina, especially in the midlands, because we can grow vegetables all year due to our wild swinging temperatures.  Take a minute to think about our northern states. In New York, Maine, Ohio, the Dakotas and many other places the ground freezes solid.

 We have some cold temperatures; however here, our ground rarely freezes.  Ground temperatures are much more important then the air temperature when it comes to gardening.

Think of the air temperatures as a freezer and the ground as a water bottle. If you keep taking the water bottle in and out of the freezer, it won’t freeze.

 

So, if we have a freeze warning and the freezing temperatures are only below freezing from 3am to 8am, the ground is not going to freeze solid. Your roots are safe because the ground has not had enough time to freeze and if the air temperatures get up into the 70’s, it’s like you just turned the oven back on.

 

We can plant all year, but remember you have cold, cool, warm to hot, and “I can’t take no cold, I like it HOT” plants.