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Friday Favorite: Frost

October 16th, 2015

Frost is a beautiful thing, perhaps not so much if you’re trying to eek a few more tomatoes and peppers out of the garden in fall, or if it kills all your spring seedlings. In the fall I like to wake up to a shimmering wonderland. Not only is it beautiful, but it signals the waning of the garden season and means that rest is ahead. Typically, the end of Sept is our first frost date. We managed to get a few extra weeks of decent growing this year.
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Yesterday we woke up to a little bit of patchy frost outside. This was our first frost, which is pretty amazing for our area. It won’t be long until things the mercury drops, we’re supposed to have temperatures in the mid 20’s this weekend. Luckily, everything left in the garden can take the cold and anything that can’t is ready to go anyways. I’m certainly ready to curl up by the wood burner with my book or my crochet hook.

What are your frost dates in your garden?

3 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Frost”
  1. JJ on October 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    We’re right on time for first frost (forecast for this weekend) — generally Oct 22 for our part of NY. I spent time in the garden today harvesting the last of the peppers and squash, and moved our potted fig into the garage. Time to head back out and pick the last cherry tomatoes that have any color on them and let them ripen indoors; there should be just enough to make one more small batch of roasted tomatoes with garlic to tuck away for winter.

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  2. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden on October 17, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Our first frost date is similar to yours, end of Sept. but sometimes we make it into oct here is cold, Buffalo, NY. But I forgot to bring my hibiscus plants and succulents in and we had a hard frost last night that took me by surprise. It’s kind of like the hand of death striking everything down. Too sad!

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  3. Nebraska Dave on October 17, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Susy, yeah, our first frost date was supposed to be October 15th. Last Sunday the 10th it was 92 degrees for a day time record for that day. There’s been no hint of frost yet and the temps are predicted to be in the 80s Monday and Tuesday. We have had a couple nights of upper 30s for night time temps but still no hard frost. Today 41 to start the day and it will climb to 62 before the day is over. The extreme weather pattern that has been the norm all summer is continuing into the Fall weather. I really don’t know what to expect for Fall and Winter this year. The weather prediction are all over the board so no one really knows for sure. I’m just happy to get a little extra warm weather to do garden cleanup. Garden plants really don’t know what to do with the extreme temperature swings either so they are just setting there doing nothing. Time to pull them out and get it cleaned up for next Spring. Next year will be a great year.

    Have a great day with garden cleanup.

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