We’re on a east facing hillside in the NE part of the state. It’s where the Appalachians are just starting to get going. I think our elevation here is only 800ft or so. Being on the hill, we’re about 100ft above the valley floor, so it gets pretty cold down in the creek bottoms. Our in-laws live about half mile from us, down by the creek, and their temps can be about 3-5° lower than us.
Kentucky has many different terrains. Just west of here, maybe an hour or two, the countryside is gently rolling, around the Lexington area. Big mountains down the SE part of the state. And in the west, it’s a bit hilly, but flattens out towards the Miss River. The climatic changes are quite varied as well. We’re 6b, but it’s a cold z6, if that makes sense.
We don’t have any producing fruit trees yet, but I hope being on this hill will help in the future in preserving fragile fruit blooms. We have old apple trees on the farm, and they always seem to survive the late freezes and produce. I know apple blossoms are more hearty than say, peach, so I wonder how our new peach trees will do.
I checked the pepper plants today and they seem OK, but it only got to 38. There are still some peppers that need to ripen, so I hope we can delay any freezes here. Our average 50% freeze day was yesterday, so we are on borrowed time. But, the 10 day forecast is showing no freezes during that time.
Quite a few of my fruit trees and plants lost their leaves weeks ago, don’t know why, probably beetles, maybe drought? Deer have done some minor damage to the trees, but I have them all enclosed in a circular fence.
Should I worry about these fruit trees losing their leaves so early? I hope it doesn’t mean that they may not make it thru the winter, and/or struggle to grow next season.