You got me curious about the weather differences between Houston and here (about three hours west). It's definitely colder here at night. We hit 28 two nights ago, 27 last night (with my temperature sensor perhaps too sheltered to be most accurate), whereas Houston was supposedly mid to upper 30's. I actually do (as of yesterday) have one bell pepper plant that hasn't died in my garden (it's closest to a large tree and perhaps getting shelter from some cauliflower, too). I thought it would be interesting to leave it unprotected to see how long it could survive. If it makes it through this month and next, I'll probably have to start protecting it in February and March because it will put out new growth, and I'll feel bad if I let it die then.I bet they went into the ground earlier than that. Houston would get into the 60s and 70s inFebruary. I used to joke that it'd be in the 90s from Valentines day to October. You'd have some days in the 30s in December, but not many. I bet they could be planted now with a cold cover on the cold days.
I just checked th he weather down there. Yeah,the stuff is in the ground now!