Frost

You know when the temperature at 7 am is still below 31°F, you’ve had a frost.  It looks like Saturday, September 26 is our frost date for this year, and the day we begin to put the garden to bed.  Dan just checked our min/max thermometer, and the low in the hoophouse was 30.5°F.  Brrr.  The hoophouse plants look ok, however, the zinnias, sob, are edged with rime and the leaves are frozen.  So much for ripening those green pumpkins.

Oh well, as a gardening year, this was pretty bad, so it’s time to start thinking about next year!  Frost triggers the onset of gardening amnesia.

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6 Responses to “Frost”

  1. GrafixMuse Says:

    Yup, frost here too in the Gray area. Just waiting for the sun to melt the crystals and see if what was covered survived.

  2. Linda Says:

    I think we dodged the bullet here in Monmouth. I covered some flower beds out front, but the others all look fine still. Even the hanging baskets of petunias and impatience are okay. although the windows looked frosty. It was 37 at 6 here- we’re on a ridge so that may have helped.

  3. Daphne Gould Says:

    It is amazing how we forget the horrors that went before. Or maybe it is not forgetfulness but bullheadedness. That is usually my problem. I think it ought to be able to grow here so I just keep trying. Down here in southern NE we only got to 41 last night. I still have a while before the peppers die. There are only a few non frost hardy plants left, but the peppers are the ones producing so I hope they live for a while yet.

  4. nruit Says:

    We got it pretty badly here in Bristol, but we had managed to cover most of the important stuff. The pasture however, is going to be finished. Sigh!

    • Ali Says:

      Bummer about the pasture, as it looks like we are in for some needed rain this week and mild temperatures. We didn’t lose everything, just the squash and pumpkins, but not the zinnias, hooray!

  5. Farmgirl_dk Says:

    Oh dear. I’m SO not ready for frost and the winter it will ultimately bring.
    I’m glad to find another zinnia lover – they (along with the sunflowers) have been my pride and joy in the flower arena this year. LOVE THEM!

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