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The First Frost

October 20th, 2008

Yesterday morning (October 19) we had our first frost of the season here at Chiot’s Run. This is rather late for us, last year it was in late September. It was much heavier down in the valleys than around our house, but since we live on one of the highest hills, we get frost a few weeks later than the lower lying areas.

This means all the petunias will be withering away soon, as will many of my veggies (I have a few tomatoes still in the garden).

The woolly thyme looked particularly interesting this morning covered in frost.

We had some delicious hot cereal (steel cut oats with cinnamon & maple syrup) for breakfast to celebrate the coming winter. Mr Chiot’s and I are super excited about this coming winter. We’re big fans of cold weather and snow. We don’t partake in any snow/winter sports, but we love to run in the winter. So out coming the running shoes and we will start training for the Turkey Trot, St. Patrick’s Day Race and hopefully the Half Marathon next spring in New Philly. So as most runners are retiring to the treadmill, Mr Chiot’s and I are excitedly bundling up for our snowy runs.

Even though I would like to spend a lot of time running, I still have a lot of garden chores to finish up. So I’ll be spending some frigid days out working in the gardens. Everything need a good layer of mulch and a few plants need some winter tidying. We also need to build a cold frame for those carrots, hopefully that will be happening this week.

What are you looking forward to as the seasons change?

5 Comments to “The First Frost”
  1. Carolyn on October 20, 2008 at 6:36 am

    I love those frost pics.

    We got our first frost too!

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  2. Pine Pod Farm on October 20, 2008 at 7:33 am

    Lovely pictures, yesterday wasn’t our first frost here in my part of Ohio though.

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  3. farm mom on October 20, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Lovely photos. I particularly enjoyed the thyme.

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  4. Jennifer on October 20, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Looks like we missed out on the frost. We had a frost advisory for the area, and our average first frost date is Oct 5 (for 6a), but all the plants are still toiling away in the back yard. Planted the garlic yesterday and mulched it deeply, so we’ll see what happens! Great pictures!

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  5. AgrarianLife on October 20, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Oh, I can’t wait for the actual snow. I wish we could skip the freezing rain part and get right to the snow, but I should be careful what I wish for! But I can’t seem to get used to waking up in the dark yet. And find myself sleeping in. My various critters do not appreciate this lack of self-discipline, especially as the temperatures drop and they await their morning feeding. Thoughts of my animals waiting for me are the only things that can get me out of bed on a dark winter morning.

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