Saturday, January 09, 2010

The Siberian Express is coming to Miami

Is cold this morning and is getting colder by the minute. This morning we woke up with temperatures in the mid 40’s and the forecast is for the mid 30’s by the afternoon. Is going to be raining and windy all day, perfect for staying inside.

This is longest cold spell I can remember since I been in Florida for the past 30 years. It started after New Years and it has been going back and forth between the 40s and 50s during the day and some nights in the upper 30’s. I know that those you experiencing sub zero temperatures most be laughing at all of us wimpy Floridians, but we are nor prepare for long stretches of low temperatures. Usually our winter patterns are a couple days of mid 40’s and back to the 60’s and 70’s and we rarely get temperatures in the 30’s in South Florida.

The economic effect to the state agriculture is tremendous, there has been many reports of crop damage to the winter vegetable harvest in the south and the orange groves in the center part of the state, so get ready for higher prices at the grocery store this winter.

As far as my garden is concern, so far is coming through ok, except for rats as big as New Jersey moving into my compost bin looking for a warmer place. I know I need to deal with it, but I have no idea how to evict rats from a compost bin. Any ideas???
All my flowerpots are put away in the back porch


jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Absurd and terrible weather for you. We get this sort of stuff all the time, so it's no problem, but I do continue to worry about you guys, even as the mercury has started to drop here again.

The Galloping Gardener said...

And I was hoping to get warm in Florida next week!! We have such cold weather here in the UK at the moment that we can't even get our cars out of the snow to drive them!! So your temperatures sound quite enticing.

sanddune said...

Good to find another South Florida garden blogger. I had some rats burrow under my back shed a while back. I put some smoke bombs the little round ones in the tunnels.The sulphur smell residue in the tunnels discouraged them from returning.Dog hair will keep some animals away and if all else fails a good bb gun seldom does. If you see one rat there are probably many more.

Darla said...

We aren't enjoying this long stretch of cold either. We are cold "snap' people in Florida. Rats? Get a gun!

Cheryl said...

Hi Rusty......Hope your temperatures soon get back to normal.

I had the same problem with rats in the compost bins. My composters are made of heavy duty plastic....they were digging themselves in, from the bottom. A metal plate underneath the bin stops this......